Monday, November 11, 2013

Fugitive Russian Tycoon Captured in Cambodian Jungle

According to media reports, fugitive Russian businessman Sergey Polonsky was arrested in Cambodian jungle wearing only a beach towel.  His lawyer Alexander Karabanov has said he learnt about Polonsky’s arrest from a TV journalist on the scene and is expecting an official confirmation from the authorities. Last night, Cambodian police launched an operation to detain Polonsky after he had posted a video on Facebook showing a Cambodian official extorting $1 million from the businessman for not extraditing him to Russia, the lawyer said. Russia issued an international arrest warrant for Polonsky for defrauding investors of the Kutuzovskaya Mile housing project of 5.7 billion rubles. In Cambodia, Polonsky and two other Russian nationals are facing criminal charges for inflicting or attempting to inflict bodily harm to Cambodian sailors and taking them hostage. On New Year’s Eve in 2012, Polonsky and his friends, under the influence of alcohol, locked up the crew of a yacht in the hold and then forced the sailors to jump overboard. Last week, the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office filed a formal request for Polonsky’s extradition. The Cambodian authorities confirmed their readiness to extradite him. (video)

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