Cambodia suspends Russia tycoon extradition

AP News
Posted: Jan 13, 2014 1:58 AM

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — A Cambodian court on Monday suspended a request for the extradition of a Russian property developer wanted in his homeland for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars.

The ruling on Sergei Polonsky's fate in a closed-door hearing also saw the 41-year-old businessman released after being detained in Cambodia two months ago following a request by Moscow.

It was not immediately clear whether Polonsky could still face extradition at a later date, and court officials were not available for comment.

Polonsky was expected to go on trial in Cambodia for allegedly attacking the crew of a boat after a dispute erupted during a New Year's Eve outing in 2012.

Polonsky was charged in Russia last year with embezzling more than 5.7 billion rubles ($175 million) from 80 property investors.

The International Criminal Police Organization, Interpol, recently added Polonsky to its "red list" of internationally wanted criminals for "large-scale fraud."