Vienna law enforcers detain Yuschenko's former adviser Youssef on request of Spain
The police in Vienna on February 23 on the request of Spain for extradition detained 53-year-old Ukrainian of Syrian origin Hares Youssef, previously engaged in gas trade and trade in non-ferrous metals, the ex-adviser to former Ukrainian President Viktor Yuschenko, according to Austrian edition Kurier, with reference to the Vienna prosecutor's office.
The information that the detainee is ex-adviser to Yuschenko Hares Youssef was also spread by Deutsche Welle (DW). According to its data, he is involved in the same case, which was opened in relation to founder and chairman of Group DF Dmytro Firtash on suspicion of money laundering.
"Youssef, as earlier reported by Spanish media with reference to the investigation, allegedly disposed the flows of money he received from Firtash," DW says.
At the same time, Kurier said Firtash's environment did not confirm that Hares Youssef was a longtime business partner of the founder and head of Group DF. The newspaper also added Youssef reportedly denied all the accusations against him.