The Prosecutor General of Austria challenged the decision in February 2017 the decision of the Supreme land court of Vienna for the extradition of the Ukrainian businessman Dmitry Firtash in the United States, according to the newspaper Tiroler Tageszeitung. According to the Prosecutor, the decision of the Higher regional court was illegal and should be abolished in the Supreme court of Austria.
The public Prosecutor considers that the court has not sufficiently examined whether the US request for extradition is politically motivated.
If the Supreme court overturned the decision, the Higher regional court of Vienna will be forced to consider the matter again.
The Vienna regional court for criminal cases Firtash was elected a measure of restraint in the form of the extradition arrest, but then agreed to release him on bail of 125 million euros and the obligation not to leave Austria. April 30, 2015, the same court rejected the request of the U.S. justice Department on the extradition of Firtash to the country, pointing to the inability to exclude political motivation of the extradition request of the Ukrainian side of the United States. In September 2015 the Prosecutor’s office in Vienna had filed an appeal against this decision on 21 February 2017, the Higher regional court of Vienna granted her.
Firtash called the extradition requests part of the campaign in his political pursuit. At the end of 2017 Vienna, the courts rejected the request of law enforcement authorities of Spain on the extradition of Firtash.
In parallel, the lawyer Firtash may 9, 2017 filed a motion to dismiss brought by the U.S. Department of justice against Firtash, claiming that the indictment is not any perfect them illegal act that took place in the US or raised US. The lawyer also pointed out that Firtash has never applied for a us visa and did not enter the United States, and the only connection to Chicago is appearing in the case of a mobile telephone, registered in the city. According to counsel, binding the Boeing for a possible “project Titan” Firtash in India, where U.S. prosecutors build their charges, also incorrect.