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Swiss to transfer Russian tycoon's data to France

Swiss to transfer Russian tycoon's data to France

Switzerland will hand over bank documents to French prosecutors investigating Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky for alleged embezzlement, a Swiss court said Tuesday.
The Federal Criminal Court in Bellinzona rejected an appeal by three companies, including Berezovsky's Swiss-based Forus Services, against the transfer of the data.
French prosecutors have alleged that the businessman diverted funds from Aeroflot Airlines to buy a luxury estate on France's Cote d'Azur that includes a castle and a bell tower.
The suspicion is sufficiently well-founded to hand over the banking and business documents to France, the court said.
The appellants claimed the documents should not be handed over because there was no previous money laundering and because the transfer would be disproportionate.
They can appeal Tuesday's ruling with the Swiss supreme court.
A Moscow regional court last week sentenced Berezovsky to 13 years in prison after he was convicted in his absence of defrauding Russian carmaker AvtoVAZ of nearly $2 million in the early 1990s. The tycoon and his accomplices were found guilty of embezzling 58 million rubles ($1.9 million.)
Berezovsky, a former Kremlin insider who fled to Britain and has become one of former President Vladimir Putin's most vocal foes was convicted in 2007 of embezzling millions of dollars from national airline Aeroflot in the 1990s and was sentenced to six years in prison. Britain has rejected Russian requests for Berezovsky's extradition.


Updated : 2021-06-19 00:05 GMT+08:00