BELARUS CONFIRMS BAUMGERTNER EXTRADITION IMMINENT

Foreign Ministry of Belarus has indicated that the extradition of Uralkali CEO Vladislav Baumgertner from Belarus to Russia is soon to be completed.

Uladzimir Makei, Belarusian Foreign Minister, is reported to have confirmed during a press conference in Moscow that he was “confident the problem will soon be solved completely in a lawful manner.”  He added that he was unable to give the precise date of the extradition, but that to his knowledge only a “few minor things are left to be done.”  Makei noted he had agreed with his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, that “private issues” would not have a negative impact on the co-operation between the two countries.  Mr Makei’s announcement comes after the Belarusian Prosecutor General, Alexander Konyuk, confirmed on 14th November 2013 that there were no obstacles to the extradition, although he emphasised that Uralkali’s CEO faced similar charges in Moscow to the ones he faced in Minsk.

As mentioned in a previous blog on 17th October 2013, Baumgertner is currently under house arrest in Minsk on charges of embezzlement and abuse of power.  His arrest in August 2013 came in the wake of Uralkali’s decision to withdraw from a cartel with Belarusian potash producer, Belaruskali, leading to a collapse in prices.  Together the two companies controlled approximately forty per cent of global potash exports.  Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko made clear his strong opposition to the termination of co-operation between the two companies. Potash, a soil nutrient, provides twelve per cent of the state revenue of Belarus and ten per cent of its export income.

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Jasvinder Nakhwal is a partner specialising in all aspects of business crime, in particular criminal cartel investigations, mutual legal assistance and extradition. Chambers UK 2013 quoted that "Jasvinder Nakhwal continues to impress clients with her extensive experience in cartel defence work"... and has a "thriving extradition practice". Jasvinder trained with Peters & Peters and qualified in 2002 as an Associate. She became a Partner in 2010, in the Business Crime team. Jasvinder has in-depth experience in advising both corporate and individual clients in fraud-related matters, with a firmly-established expertise in respect of criminal cartels, extradition, mutual legal assistance and corruption matters. Many of her cases have a strong international element. Jasvinder has acted for clients who simultaneously face investigation by the European Commission, the US Department of Justice, the Canadian Competition Commission and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. She also advises in respect of cash seizure and forfeiture cases brought under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002, and has acted in cases involving allegations of corruption, money laundering, tax and duty evasion in professional disciplinary matters and in inquests and independent inquiries. Jasvinder is a regular speaker on her areas of expertise.

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