According to the Zaman newspaper, an Austrian court has decided to extradite Washington, not Turkey, a Turkish businessman accused of money laundering and online financial fraud, despite strong demands from Ankara.
Austria had arrested businessman Sezgin Baran Korkmaz at the request of the USA before he was brought to the Welsh court.
The lawyer of the defendants, Murat Flokan Dolger, said in a statement on Twitter that the US prosecutor demanded the arrest of Korkmaz last June and his extradition to the US with an international arrest warrant, and that the Utah District Attorney’s note on it was included in the prosecutor’s note. The request included three charges: money laundering and providing false information, misleading investigations, and taking money from Jacob Ortel, who has been imprisoned for years for deception and fraud.
Dolger pointed out that in the Welsh court’s decision, the US prosecutor stated that his note was insufficient to extradite his client on money laundering charges, but ordered his extradition to the United States on charges of obstructing the investigation and cheating on Ortel.
The lawyer added that the decision can be appealed.
Korkmaz, who is accused of committing a crime of money laundering worth 133 million dollars in the USA, faces up to 225 years in prison.
The United States, with the support of Turkey’s highest echelons, accuses the Kingston family businessman of committing a major fraud through an energy company.
Source: “Zaman” Turkish newspaper
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