Spanish police release Bill Browder

Jun 01, 2018, 15:43
Spanish police release Bill Browder

The Russian Prosecutor General's office has many times requested Interpol to arrest Browder. "They won't tell me which station", the tweet reads.

Later on Wednesday, Browder tweeted that he had been released by Spanish police after the "Interpol General Secretary in Lyon advised them not to honor the new Russian Interpol Red Notice".

A spokeswoman for Spain's National Police Corps told Business Insider on Wednesday morning that Madrid police thought they were acting on Interpol instructions.

Browder has previously claimed that Putin has tried multiple times to use Interpol, the multinational police organization, to target him overseas.

But Browder countered that, telling City A.M.:"Interpol is playing a word game - there has never been a red notice, but there have been a number of diffusion notices - it just means it hasn't been officially approved".

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Mr Browder then posted a picture of a document linked to his arrest, detailing his legal rights and saying that he had been detained on allegations of fraud.

This resulted in the 2012 passage of the Magnitsky Act, which allows the United States government to blacklist Russian officials "thought to be responsible" for Magnitsky's death.

He said it was the sixth time Russian Federation had "abused" Interpol in his case.

He also included a photo of the arrest warrant, which appeared to have been issued by the Spanish interior ministry, and claimed that Browder was wanted for fraud, the charge he has been convicted of by a Russian court. "They won't tell me which station", Browder said in a tweet, which include a photo taken from the back of a police vehicle.

Browder was found guilty in absentia by a Moscow court in December of large-scale tax evasion of some 3 billion rubles ($48 million) and sentenced to nine years in prison.

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As early as July 2013, the global police organization said it erased from its database Russian requests to locate and arrest Browder due to its "predominantly political character".

However, in a statement Interpol denied ever having an arrest warrant out for Browder.

Browder led one of the biggest investment funds in Russian Federation for 10 years before he left the country and was barred re-entry in 2006 on the grounds that he posed a threat to national security.

British foreign minister Boris Johnson said on Wednesday he had spoken to Browder and was glad he had been released. "Moscow should concentrate on bringing those responsible for the murder of Magnitsky to justice".

Mr Browder was in Madrid to give evidence to a Spanish prosecutor about money from the Magnitsky case that was moved to Spain.

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