Reuters Valentyn Ogirenko
Moldova’s Attorney General, Alexander Stoyanoglu, confirmed that Turkey has granted its citizenship to the fugitive Moldovan businessman and politician Vladimir Blakhotnyuk, who is facing serious criminal charges in his homeland and Russia.
And Stoyanoglu announced, in an interview with the channel Local TV8, that the Moldovan authorities are looking for ways to punish Blakhotnyuk (54 years), a former leader of the Moldovan Democratic Party and a former parliamentarian, pointing out that he does not rule out handing over the case files to Turkey.
Blakhotnyuk fled Moldova in June 2019 and had been staying for several months in the United States, but in January this year the US government declared him persona non grata and imposed sanctions on him, his wife and their two sons for corruption.
The businessman announced in this regard at the time that he intended to sue US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
Since then, media allegations have been received that Blachotniuk resides in Israel, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Cyprus.
Moldovan authorities have dismissed an arrest warrant for Blakhotnyuk for forming and leading a criminal group, fraud and laundering huge sums of money.
Russia has also issued an arrest warrant for this Moldovan businessman for plotting the crime of assassination, money laundering and leading a criminal group working to sell drugs.
Despite these accusations, the International Police “Interpol” refused to issue an international arrest warrant for Blachotniuk.
The Moldovan Public Prosecutor’s Office had previously requested the Cyprus and Saudi authorities to extradite Blachotniuk, but the Cypriot government did not respond to this request, while the Kingdom announced that the fugitive businessman did not cross its borders.
Source: TV8 + NewsMaker + Sputnik