Kaskiv is on the wanted list in Ukraine since March 2016
Former head of Ukraine's State Agency for Investment and National Projects Vladyslav Kaskiv has been detained by Panamanian law enforcement authorities, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko reported.
"We've just got a message about the arrest of Mr. Kaskiv in Panama, who is suspected by us and is on the international wanted list under Article 191 (theft) and other malfeasance," Lutsenko stated.
Ukraine's former state investment agency chief was nicknamed a ‘ski instructor' after the infamous LNG terminal construction deal between Spain's Gas Natural Fenosa and Ukraine in late 2012.
A Spanish-speaking man, who had signed on behalf of the company and was identified by Kaskiv as Jordi Sarda Bonvehi, turned out to be a former ski instructor from Barcelona. Gas Natural said Bonvehi did not work for the company and was not authorised to sign the deal.
Lutsenko also said an investigation was underway and important information had been received on a number of other cases.
"We have questioned Mr. Zlochevskiy (former Ecology Minister), and this was one of the points during my visit to Israel. Those who had been previously detained and had been in jail in the town of Kramatorsk, provided good testimony for the case against Oleksandr Yefremov (former Regions Party faction head). Now they will come to the detention center in Kyiv and will work with investigators on this great case," he said.
The prosecutor general also said that the investigators "had found sensational things during searches at the apartment used by former Defense Minister Pavlo Lebedev," and promised to announce them in the near future within the framework of the publication of information in the Ilovaisk case.
In addition, he referred to the investigation into the shooting of people by Berkut on the Maidan and said that around 15 people had already been convicted full-time or part-time and decisions regarding the transfer of the case in court would be taken in the near future.
Reporting by UNIAN