VIENNA, Austria – Ukrainian oligarch Dmytro Firtash was arrested in the Vienna Court of Appeal on Feb. 21 after a judge ruled that the billionaire businessman could be extradited to the United States to face bribery charges.
Firtash is wanted by Spanish prosecutors for money laundering and in the U.S. for bribing Indian officials. An Austrian judge had ruled that the U.S. case was politically motivated in April, 2015
As the judge of the Vienna Court of Appeal made his final comments after satisfying an appeal by U.S. prosecutors on Tuesday, Firtash, sitting at the defendant’s table, was visibly shocked. The Austrian Ministry of Justice will make a final decision on the U.S. extradition of the Ukrainian oligarch, who had close ties to ex-Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych.