Businessman Polonsky decides to get married in Cambodian prison

Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is expecting extradition to Russia in a Cambodian prison, has applied for permission to officially marry his common-law wife Olga Deripasko in the prison, Polonsky's lawyer Alexander Karabanov told Interfax on Friday.

Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky, who is expecting extradition to Russia in a Cambodian prison, has applied for permission to officially marry his common-law wife Olga Deripasko in the prison, Polonsky's lawyer Alexander Karabanov told Interfax on Friday.

"Last night Sergei Polonsky and his common-law wife Olga Deripasko requested permission to get married," he said.

"The trial did not take place, and its exact date remains unknown. It is a breach of all the procedural norms," the lawyer said.

Sources familiar with the situation told Interfax on Thursday that Polonsky's extradition from Cambodia might take an indefinite period of time.

It was reported on November 11 that Polonsky had been detained in Cambodia. The Russian Prosecutor General's Office sent a request for the businessman's extradition to the Cambodian law enforcement agencies. The trial of the case involving Polonsky's extradition has been postponed many times.

Polonsky was in prison in Cambodia in the period between December 31, 2012 and April 3, 2013 on suspicion of subjecting local sailors to violence and imprisonment. He faced three years in prison. However, his lawyers managed to reach agreements with the victims.

The sailors withdrew their claims and received compensation. The businessman gave his written undertaking not to leave the country and was released. However, the criminal case against him was not closed.

The Russian Interior Ministry's investigative department presented an indictment against Polonsky in absentia on June 14 in a case dealing with fraud during the construction of a residential complex in Moscow. Polonsky is suspected of embezzling over 5.7 billion rubles from investors of the Kutuzov Mile residential complex. Over 80 individuals have been recognized as victims of the fraud scheme.

Moscow's Tverskoi Court later sanctioned Polonsky's arrest in absentia, and he was subsequently declared internationally wanted. The Moscow City Court later confirmed that the arrest in absentia of Polonsky was indeed legal.

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