Russian billionaire Kerimov chargedin France following Moscow protest


NICE, France: Russian billionaire senator Suleyman Kerimov was charged on Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) with tax fraud in Nice, hours after Moscow protested his arrest in the French Riviera resort. Kerimov was detained upon arrival at the airport on Monday, where he faced two days of questioning over alleged tax evasion involving the purchase of luxury properties. He has now been released under strict conditions including handing over his passport and posting bail of five million euros. He also faces restrictions on his movement, state prosecutor Jean-Michel Pretre said. A source close to the probe told Agence France-Presse that Kerimov was accused of hiding tens of millions of euros from tax authorities while buying a string of properties on the glitzy Riviera through intermediaries. His detention prompted the Russian government to summon France’s deputy ambassador and angry Russian MPs passed a resolution branding the arrest a violation of the 1961 Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, urging Moscow to press for his release.



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