Interpol to review its refusal to declare Browder internationally wanted

June 19, 2014 RBTH, Interfax
Interpol has agreed to reconsider its attitude to the idea of declaring U.S. businessman William Browder internationally wanted, a Russian Prosecutor General's Office spokesman told Interfax.

Interpol has agreed to reconsider its attitude to the idea of declaring U.S. businessman William Browder internationally wanted, a Russian Prosecutor General's Office spokesman told Interfax.

"The commission for the control of Interpol's files made a decision at its meeting in Lyon to review the issue of putting Browder on the international most wanted list through Interpol's channels," he said.

In August 2013, the Secretariat General of Interpol refused to declare the London-based businessman internationally wanted, citing conclusions drawn by Interpol's special panel, which ruled that Browder's criminal prosecution by Russia was allegedly politically motivated.

"Starting from that moment, the Prosecutor General's Office of Russia has been taking measures aimed at resuming the search for Browder. In particular, it has held meetings with the heads of Interpol and its divisions. All of the necessary documents have been prepared and submitted to Interpol," he said.

In January 2014, representatives of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office attended the Interpol commission's meeting in Lyon, where they presented arguments in favor of Browder's criminal prosecution. Following their report, the commission agreed to review its recommendation not to issue a Red Notice against Browder.

A final decision on the matter will be made at the commission's next session, the spokesman said.

Moscow's Tverskoi District Court ruled on July 11, 2013 to find Browder guilty of tax evasion amounting to over 522 million rubles through falsifying tax declarations and illegally using benefits to which the disabled were entitled.

Browder was sentenced in absentia to 9 years in prison.

The Investigative Department of the Russian Interior Ministry is currently conducting a criminal inquiry against Browder on the counts of fraud involving stock of Russia's gas giant Gazprom, as a result of which the state is believed to have lost approximately six billion rubles.

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