18:48 Apr. 20, 2016
Ukraine's Ambassador to Austria says the search lasted for three hours
Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash's house in Vienna has been searched, he has been served with new charges, according to Ukraine's Ambassador to Austria.
"There was search in Firtash's Vienna-based house. It lasted for three hours. Everything suggests that these are new charges. Now it's Germany, not the United States," Ambassador Olexander Scherba tweeted.
У віденському будинку Фірташа пройшли обшуки. Тривали 3 години. Судячи зі всього - нова підозра. Цього разу з Німеччини, а не з США.— olexander scherba (@olex_scherba) April 20, 2016
Earlier, the United States requested that Ukrainian billionaire Dmytro Firtash be extradited to that country, but an Austrian court refused late in May 2015 to send him to the U.S. He is wanted on bribery charges but the court said political motivations lay behind the U.S. move.
He and five business associates were charged with paying USD 18.5 million in bribes to officials in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh for licenses to mine titanium which they planned to sell to Boeing for use in building the 787 Dreamliner passenger jet.
Firtash faces up to 50 years in prison and confiscation of all assets.
Reporting by UNIAN