The Ukrainian lawyer of the businessman Veaceslav Platon, Gleb Seghida, and the head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office, Viorel Morari, made contradictory statements on the Moldovan citizenship of Platon.
Platon's lawyer claim that he holds the citizenship of Ukraine and has waived the Moldovan one. This, according to the Constitution of Ukraine, complicates the extradition proceedings of Platon, because Ukraine does not extradite its citizens.
„My client, Veaceslav Platon, was arrested on 25 July 2016 in the center of Kiev. They arrested him with use of force. I am shocked by the selectivity of law enforcement bodies of Ukraine. They cannot find dozens of their corrupt politicians and MPs, but they managed to execute the Moldovan Court’s decision in just a few hours. Perhaps we should invite Moldovan judges to implement the reform in Ukraine”, wrote Platon's lawyer in a posting on the website obozrevatel.com quoted by Ziarul de Gardă.
Seghida denied Prosecutor General's Office information according to which Platon is a Moldovan citizen and is wanted by Interpol, arguing that his client is a citizen of Ukraine since 2002. According to him, there is no any information on the announcement of Platon in search on Interpol’s web page.
Platon's lawyer had also stated that the businessman’s arrest is a political order, and Ukraine is preparing to extradite one of her citizens to a foreign country.
On the other hand, the head of the Anticorruption Prosecutor’s Office Viorel Morari told realitatea.md that Platon still holds the citizenship of Moldova and made no application for the renunciation of the Moldovan citizenship.
In addition, Viorel Morari said that Platon giving up the Moldovan citizenship would not have prevented his extradition.
More details on this event will be provided today during a press conference organized by the Anticorruption Prosecutor's Office and the National Anti-Corruption Center, where they will be offered new details on the fraud in the banking sector.