Extradition of ex-energy minister Stavytsky to Ukraine depends on Israel

22:26, 03 August 2016
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A positive decision on the extradition of former Ukrainian Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavytsky to Ukraine from Israel depends on that country's authorities, according to the Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO).

Israel's Justice Ministry received Ukraine's request for extradition of Stavytsky on July 12 / Photo from UNIAN

"We've sent an enquiry [for his extradition]. The Justice Ministry of Israel received it on July 12. The deadline is indefinite. Prospects of its fulfilment are also uncertain – it's up to them to decide," chief of the PGO's main department of special investigation Serhiy Horbatiuk said.

Stavytsky worked as energy minister in Ukraine December 2012 through February 2014 in Mykola Azarov's government.

Read alsoCourt revokes 19 oil and gas licenses held by Stavytsky’s companyHe is charged with large-scale embezzlement through misuse of office or by an organized crime (Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine).

Interpol issued a red notice for his arrest in 2014.

Some media reported that Stavytsky was detained in Israel on May 6, 2016. He denied the reports, calling them a fake.

Stavytsky reportedly lives in Israel under the name Nathan Rosenberg.

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