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US has no evidence against Firtash - lawyer

Also, the United States failed to provide evidence for the businessman's extradition.

US has no evidence against Firtash - lawyer
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The defence attorney for Dmytro Firtash, Rudiger Sсhender, believed that the Austrian side should demand more serious evidence against his client.

"None of the evidence materials presented by the US side contain evidence incriminating Firtash: either the printouts of his telephone conversations or his correspondence," Shender stated on 21 February during the US appeal against Austria's refusal to extradite Firtash, according theinsider.ua.

"American documents do not contain a clear statement of the elements of crime [allegedly] committed by Firtash. There is a lack of standard norms of American Justice, applicable within the country and a lack of reasoning in the case against Firtash."

Shender also said the United States act in breach of the extradition agreement between the USA and Austria, by failing to provide sufficient evidence for the extradition of Firtash.

Dmytro Firtash, 50 was arrested in March 2014 by Austrian authorities in Vienna on a provisional arrest request based on charges filed in the Northern District of Illinois, USA.

The FBI say Firtash paid $18.5 million in bribes to Indian officials to ease expansion of his titanium businesses, and some of the illicit cash flowed through US banks.

The businessman went out after having paid a record for Austria bail at 125 million euros, and was released under an obligation not to leave Vienna. The case was considered only a year later. On April 30, 2015, a court refused to extradite businessman to the States citing political motivation behind the US request.