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Ukrainian Security Service arrests businessman Platon wanted in Moldova

Ukrainian Security Service arrests businessman Platon wanted in MoldovaThe Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has confirmed the detention of Moldovan national Veaceslav Platon, who has been put on international wanted list by Moldova.

"Law-enforcers detained the offender near an office centre in the capital city. In addition to an illegally obtained Ukrainian passport, police seized a diplomatic passport and a regular passport of Moldova, credit cards and over UAH 500,000," the SBU press service reported.

According to police, Platon is wanted internationally on suspicion of money laundering and banking fraud.

"At present, Veaceslav Platon is at the SBU detention centre. The reports on his arrest and search have been sent to prosecution agencies, which will decide on his extradition," the report reads.

Moldovan publication NewsMaker reported earlier referring to its source in Moldovan government agencies that businessman Veaceslav Platon, who is wanted by Moldovan law-enforcement agencies, was detained in Kyiv on Monday, July 25.

The publication said quoting the head of Moldovan anti-corruption prosecutor's office, Platon is a suspect in the case on unsecured loans issued by Banca de Economii, Moldova's large bank which has ceased to exist, by legal entities controlled by people close to Platon. He has been put on an international wanted list.

Platon was arrested in compliance with the Criminal Code of Ukraine with the aim of his further extradition to Moldova, where he is charged under part 5 of Article 190 (money laundering) and part 3 of Article 243 (fraud in the banking sector) of the Criminal Code of Moldova.

His possible involvement in crimes on the territory of Ukraine is also being investigated.
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