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US accusations against Ukraine's Firtash are based on 'false and misleading document' - The Hill

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"After years of litigation, the U.S. Justice Department won a ruling in Austria to secure Firtash’s extradition to Chicago. But then his legal team secretly filed new evidence that included the Weissmann overture, and Austrian officials suddenly reversed course last week and ordered a new, lengthy delay in extradition
10:00, 24 July 2019

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The evidence of American prosecutors against Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash is based on the “false and misleading” document, compiled by McKinsey company on standards of business practice in India. Investigative journalist John Solomon The Hill writes about it.

"After years of litigation, the U.S. Justice Department won a ruling in Austria to secure Firtash’s extradition to Chicago. But then his legal team secretly filed new evidence that included the Weissmann overture, and Austrian officials suddenly reversed course last week and ordered a new, lengthy delay in extradition.

That new court filing asserts that two key witnesses, cited by the DOJ in its extradition request as affirming the bribery allegations against Firtash, since have recanted, claiming the FBI grossly misquoted them and pressured them to sign their statements. One witness claims his 2012 statement to the FBI was “prewritten by the U.S. authorities” and contains “relevant inaccuracies in substance,” including that he never used the terms “bribery or bribe payments” as DOJ claimed, according to the Austrian court filing.

Related: Austrian prosecutor general opposes extradition of Ukraine's Firtash to U.S.

That witness also claimed he only signed the 2012 statement because the FBI “exercised undue pressure on him,” including threats to seize his passport and keep him from returning home to India, the memo alleges. That witness recanted his statements the same summer as Weissmann’s overture to Firtash’s team.

Firtash’s lawyers also offered the Austrian court evidence of alleged prosecutorial wrongdoing," Solomon wrote.

“Submitting a false and misleading document to a foreign sovereign and its courts for an extradition decision is not only unethical but also flouts the comity of trust necessary for that process where judicial systems rely only on documents to make that decision,” Firtash’s American legal team wrote.

The investigation says that the story of Firtash's persecution was used by the American Democrats to strike at President Donald Trump.

Related: American prosecutors intended to use Firtash case to assault Trump, - The Hill investigation

As we reported before, in mid-July the Vienna State Court suspended the extradition of oligarch Dmytro Firtash to the United States.

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