Russian Tycoon Deripaska's case given to Russia's court by Spain
25.11.11 17:46 By Darya Ispolnova, edited by Karina Ayvazova
Oleg Deripaska's business spokesmen say the decision means there is no proof of his wrongdoing Photo: itar-tass
Spain's High court has sent criminal cases against Russian tycoon Oleg Deripaska to the Russian General Prosecutor's office. Deripaska and his former business partner, Iskander Makhmudov, are suspected of money laundering and are believed to have connections with the Russian mafia in Spain, according to Spanish media.
Spanish High court judge, Fernando Andreo, said he decided to bring the case to the General Prosecutor's office as its roots come from Russia.
Russian police officials have yet not received the documents. The General prosecutor's office was not available for comment on Friday.
The Spanish police suspected Deripaska of money laundering in October 2009, when he was accused of connections with a Spain-based Vera Metallurgica enterprise that is claimed to have laundered over 19 million euros from 2001 to 2005.
Deripaska denies any connections with Vera Metallurgica and money laundering. He says he has no ties with the Russian mafia in Spain
The Russian tycoon has accused the Spanish party of damaging his business reputation, however while being interrogated, he admitted to paying criminal groups to protect his businesses.
A spokesman from Deripaska's company, Basic Element, said they were satisfied with the Spanish court's decision. This means the prosecution did not have enough evidence to prove Deripaska's wrongdoings.
"We are sure that the Russian courts will affirm this position and this mistake will be resolved," said a Basic Element statement.
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