The Prosecutor General`s Office of Ukraine (PGO) expects that Vladyslav Kaskiv, the former head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine, who is accused of a large-scale embezzlement, will be extradited to Ukraine in two to three months.
Kaskiv was detained in Panama, and the PGO has received an official confirmation from Interpol, Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Enin wrote on Facebook.
Enin also added that the arrest of Kaskiv in Panama was due to, among other things, his ”provocative behavior” in that country.
”The audacity of this `hero` on social networks has played a trick on him,” he wrote.
”In a very short time we have achieved that the authorities in Panama issued an order for the provisional arrest of Kaskiv. Thanks to the visit of the Ambassador of Ukraine to Mexico [Ruslan] Spirin, a few days later, the Panamanian authorities received the original request for legal assistance in the extradition of Kaskiv,” he added.
According to Enin, if Kaskiv agrees to be extradited to Ukraine, the procedure will take 30 days, and if he does not, the Panamanian authorities will consider the issue for 60 days.
Enin said the probability that Kaskiv will be able to avoid extradition is extremely low because, while in Panama, he has repeatedly abused his right as a foreigner.
”Kaskiv has lied at least three times,” he wrote.
”Firstly, about his stay as a tourist. This is not true.
”He applied for a residence permit there, and after an unsuccessful attempt to leave Panama across the border with Costa Rica, they seized the document that gave him the right to stay in Panama.
”He also lied when he said that Panamanian immigration authorities did not want to question him. He, personally, did not come to the Migration Service of Panama, but sent a representative.
”If he does not turn up for the second time, he will face criminal liabilities,” Enin wrote.
According to the PGO official, the Panamanian authorities have no disclaimer regarding the extradition of Kaskiv.
”The audacity and cheap bluffs can be very costly, not only to Kaskiv, but also to all others who have been evading law enforcement authorities,” he added.
As earlier reported by UNIAN, Kaskiv headed the State Agency for Investment and National Projects of Ukraine from 2010 to 2014.
On August 18, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko announced in Kyiv that Kaskiv had been detained by Panama officials.
According to Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, Kaskiv siphoned off UAH 255 million ($10.2 million) from Ukraine.
At the end of March this year, Kaskiv was put on an international wanted list on the charge of embezzlement of public funds from 2012-2013 (UAH 7.5 million), through an agreement on advertising services, which was brokered by Kaskiv with a limited liability company.
Commenting on the developments, Kaskiv recently wrote on his blog on the Ukrayinska Pravda online publication that he has not been placed on Interpol`s wanted list.