U.S. says it will seek extradition of Ukraine's Firtash

Reuters News
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Posted: Mar 14, 2014 5:32 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government will ask Austria to extradite Ukrainian industrialist Dmytro Firtash to face charges filed in a Chicago federal court arising from an investigation into international corruption, U.S. prosecutors said on Friday.

One of Ukraine's most influential oligarchs, Firtash, 48, was arrested in Vienna on Wednesday. A court on Friday set bail at $174 million (125 million euros).

U.S. prosecutors said in a statement that their investigation began several years ago, and that Firtash's arrest was "not related to recent events in Ukraine."

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(Reporting by David Ingram; Editing by Howard Goller)