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Ukraine To Seek Lazarenko's Extradition

Lazarenko 9 June 2004 -- Ukraine intends to continue to seek the extradition of former Prime Minister Pavlo Lazarenko, who was convicted in the United States last week on fraud and extortion charges.

A spokesman for the Prosecutor-General's Office in Ukraine, Serhiy Rudenko, said Lazarenko should be tried at home. The United States and Ukraine do not have a formal extradition agreement.

A San Francisco jury found Lazarenko guilty of using his political position to extort money and launder it through U.S. banks. Lawyers said he could face up to five years in prison.

Rudenko earlier noted that Lazarenko is wanted in Ukraine for allegedly masterminding two murders and the embezzlement of public funds. Interpol recently renewed a warrant for his arrest.