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Former defence export CEO arrested in London

The Royal Court will decide on extradition.

Former defence export CEO arrested in London
Serhiy Bondarchuk
Photo: Photo: Dmytro Oleksiyenko

The former head of the state defence exporter Ukrspetsexport, Serhiy Bondarchuk, was arrested in London, says Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko.

"As a result of a well-coordinated cooperation of the Prosecutor-General's Office with British counterparts, another "hero" of Ukraine, the ex-CEO of Ukrspetseksport Serhiy Bondarchuk, was taken into custody in London on March 15. The Royal Court is to dot i's in the extradition of Bondarchuk. The date of the trial should be determined by 24 March," Lutsenko wrote in Facebook on 17 March.

Ukraine put Bondarchuk on wanted list in February last year on suspicion of embezzling 7.5mn dollars.

Bondarchuk headed Ukrspetsexport during the tenure of President Viktor Yushchenko.

Yushchenko awarded Bondarchuk as Hero of Ukraine in February 18, 2010.