: :inin Kyiv (EET)

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

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).

”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.

He 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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