Ukraine requested the extradition of Paraskevich
On 7 June, 2012, the General Prosecutor's Office of Ukraine sent a request to extradite Tatiana Paraskevich to the Ministry of Justice of the Czech Republic, in order to bring her to criminal responsibility.
Tatiana Paraskevich, a citizen of Russia, was a member of the Supervisory Board of the company ‘Investment and Industrial Group Eurasia’. Prosecutors’ Offices of Russia and Ukraine have accused her of financial crimes committed in conspiracy with Mukhtar Ablyazov, who served as Chairman of the Supervisory Board of BTA Bank. After the nationalisation of BTA Bank in February 2009, the government instituted criminal cases against the former managers of the bank and issued international arrest warrants for them. Facing prosecution was Paraskevich, amongst others.
On 12 May, 2012, Tatiana Paraskevich was detained in the Czech Republic, in the town of Karlovy Vary, on the basis of the criminal case instituted by the Ukrainian authorities. Since May, Paraskevich has remained in custody in Pilsen.
International human rights organisations and legal environments point out the danger that Paraskevich faces in Ukraine, and highlight the close cooperation of the Ukrainian and Kazakh Prosecutors' Offices. Due to the fact that the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies systematically violate the European Convention on Human Rights, Amnesty International Czech Republic and the Czech Helsinki Committee issued a formal statement opposing the extradition of Tatiana Paraskevich to Ukraine.
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