After an almost three-hour closed hearing Court of Appeal Milan the fate of is still uncertain Artem Uss, Russian entrepreneur and son of the governor of a Siberian region, arrested on October 17 at Malpensa airport on a US international arrest warrant. On January 16, the jury formed from the judges nova, barbara and Arnaldi, postponed the decision extradition request advanced from the US for the 40-year-old. Application which, according to the Milan Public Prosecutor’s Office, must be granted. Uss has been under house arrest since late November after being stopped trying to leave Italy for Turkey and faces charges from US authorities Smuggling of military technologies from the United States to Russia and oil from Venezuela to China and Russia to evade sanctions and launder millions of dollars.
“Hand me over to the Russian authorities, don’t extradite me to the United States,” Uss told the judges. In fact, they hang over the Russian entrepreneur two extradition requests. Except Washington too Fly he asked Italy to let Uss go. At home he is charged Recycling. Hence the words of the businessman, who refused to give his consent to the overseas transfer, but stated that he was ready to be sent to Russia. The 40-year-old’s defense – he risks one sentenced to up to 30 years in the USA – also with a number of pleadings she opposed the extradition request to the USA, denied the allegations in the matter and pointed out that the arrest of the man was based on a “exchange of prisoners“. For lawyers, the US would be interested in a release Paul Whelan, Businessman in Moscow sentenced to 16 years in 2020.
The extradition request from Russia arrived on November 7th. According to current knowledge, however, the allegations are not described in the documents received from Italy so far. Uss was also questioned by the Milan public prosecutor’s office and loaned out consent to extradition to Russia, as confirmed in the courtroom on January 16. However, the judges on the fifth appeal now only have to rule on the US extradition request.
The 40-year-old’s lawyers, the lawyers Vinicius Nardo and Fabio DeMatteis, In addition to challenging all sources of evidence presented by the US judges, they stated that USS could be dealt with in the United States “discriminatory” and have expressed reservations about prison conditions in that country. A request that, as far as we know, was denied by the Deputy Attorney General Giulio Benedetti. The pg said the human rights issue arose from Russia’s extradition request, not the US’s. Furthermore, he added that in recent years no surrender to the United States has ever been refused because of discriminatory treatment. The Attorney General has asked that the American request be granted. Read, which, however, does not find the full approval of the Milan Court of Appeal, for which more information is needed prison treatment by the USA in the case of Uss. there next hearing was scheduled for February 27th.