Ukraine extradites Moldovan businessman accused of money laundering
Ukrainian authorities have extradited businessman Veaceslav Platon, a citizen of Moldova and the Russian Federation, to Moldova, the Moldovan prosecutor general's office reported on its website.
"Businessman Veaceslav Platon, who was arrested by the Ukrainian authorities at the request of the Moldovan prosecutors, was extradited to the Republic of Moldova yesterday. Immediately after his extradition to authorities in Chisinau, prosecutors issued charges against him," the statement read.
Platon is suspected of large-scale extortion and money laundering. Prosecutors concluded that the funds he had fraudulently obtained in the form of loans were transferred to the accounts of several offshore companies to hide their illegal origin. Later, some of those funds were used to repay these loans in Moldovan banks.
In July 2016, Platon, who is suspected of being involved in the Moldovan bank-fraud scandal preceding the Moldovan parliamentary elections in 2014, was detained in Kyiv following Moldova's request to Interpol.