Cambodia to review Russia’s extradition request for Polonsky

The Kingdom’s leaders are due to visit Russia soon and have made a special request to the Justice Ministry

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked the Ministry of Justice to review Russia’s request to extradite Russian tycoon Sergei Polonsky, the Phnom Penh Post reported on Friday. The request comes ahead of a trip of Cambodia’s leaders to Russia, according to the paper.

 The request asks the Justice Ministry to examine Polonsky’s case, after the Russian Embassy in Phnom Penh made a fresh extradition request, the paper said.  According to the report, the letter notes an upcoming visit by Prime Minister Hun Sen, Interior Minister Sar Kheng and Foreign Minster Hor Namhong to Russia, without mentioning the dates.

Polonsky, a 41-year old businessman is wanted in Russia for allegedly embezzling millions of dollars in a real estate project.   The Cambodian Supreme Court turned down an appeal to extradite him to Russia, citing a lack of an extradition treaty.  The Russian businessman incidentally also faces trial in Cambodia for allegedly assaulting local boatmen.  He denies both charges.


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