In the court of the district of Columbia (Washington, USA) adopted the decision to postpone the hearing of the confiscation of frozen assets of former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko to give the parties time to negotiate settlement.
Court for the district of Columbia (Washington, USA) has postponed hearing on the case between the U.S. government and ex-Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavel Lazarenko in March 2019. On 6 February, reported the news Agency “UKRINFORM”. Provisional date of next meeting – 5 March.
Judge Michael Harvey explained the decision by saying that the parties need time to harmonize world trade. According to documents published by the news Agency, representatives of the U.S. government and the former Prime Minister held preliminary consultations, but “despite the efforts made on both sides” were unable to agree. The negotiation process was extended for another two weeks.
Lazarenko was Prime Minister of Ukraine in 1996-1997. After a conflict with President Leonid Kuchma went into opposition, and with the beginning of a criminal investigation have fled abroad.
In 1999, was detained in new York while trying to cross the border on a fake passport. In the US, Lazarenko was charged with laundering money obtained illegally and transferred to foreign accounts in 1994 and 1999.
In August 2006 he was sentenced in California to nine years in prison and a fine of $10 million on 1 November 2012, was released from the American prison Terminal Island to freedom.
Apart from this case being heard the lawsuit filed by the U.S. government against Lazarenko on the confiscation of his frozen assets.
In November 2014, a court in Washington ruled, according to which 110 million on the offshore accounts of Lazarenko was divided between the Bank of Antigua and the U.S. Treasury. Ukraine is seeking to return to the country arrested in the United States of money Lazarenko. Negotiations on the distribution of the remaining assets will start after the trial. In September 2018 the Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko said that the case could be completed by the end of the year.