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Russian tycoon accused of embezzlement avoids extradition by Cambodia

Published on Apr 25, 2014 9:09 PM

PHNOM PENH (AFP) - Cambodia's highest court on Friday rejected a request by Russia to extradite a tycoon accused of embezzling tens of millions of dollars in a real estate scam.

The Supreme Court ruled that Sergei Polonsky, 41, could not be sent back to Russia because the two countries do not have an extradition treaty.

The tycoon told reporters he was "very happy" about the ruling. But he added that it was "only a first step" and his lawyers in Russia were working on clearing his name.

Polonsky was detained in Cambodia in November on an island off the south-western city of Sihanoukville after a request by Russia, but freed by an appeals court in January.

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