Putin critic Bill Browder 'arrested in Spain on Russian arrest warrant'

Putin critic Bill Browder 'arrested in Spain on Russian arrest warrant'

Wednesday, may 30, in Madrid arrested the co-founder and the head of investment Fund Hermitage Capital of William Browder.

This was followed by a photograph from the back of the police auto, with the words: "In the back of the Spanish police vehicle going to the station on the Russian arrest warrant. Once in the police station, they realised it wasn't valid", a police spokesman told AFP.

The financier, who is a plaintiff in the Spanish investigation, said Spain is among 15 countries following the money trail.

A Moscow court in December sentenced Browder in absentia to nine years in a penal colony after convicting him of deliberate bankruptcy.

Other details about the arrest were not immediately available.

Back in March he told MPs he believed the Russians would like "more than anything" to arrest him and "get me back to Russia and then kill me in the control of their own system".

Russian Federation was accused of trying to take advantage of the fact that Mr Browder was not in Britain or the USA, from where extradition would be more hard, a source told The Times.

"The Russian ambassador should be summoned to explain why it is that his country fails to prosecute the murderers of Magnitsky and instead has been for years trying to arrest Bill Browder, who is campaigning for justice and against corruption in Russia".

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Russian Federation allegedly tried so many times to arrest him, in fact, that Browder wrote a whole book about those attempts, titled Red Notice.

In an image of a detention report posted by Browder himself on Twitter, police identified the reason for the detention as "fraud".

Browder, however, shared that the Spanish National Police released him hours after "Interpol General Secretary in Lyon advised them not to honor the new Russian Interpol Red Notice".

The Magnitsky Act returned to the headlines in 2017 after it emerged that a lawyer supporting the Russian government's position had met senior figures in Donald Trump's U.S. presidential campaign, including Trump's son and son-in-law.

Foreign secretary Boris Johnson said: "Very glad he has now been released".

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".

The agency said in a statement: "Mr Browder is not wanted via Interpol channels". But that all changed in 2005 when he was expelled from the country after being deemed a threat to national security.

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