The district court of Dublin unfroze €100 million on the account of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky in an Irish Bank. The decision was made on Wednesday, December 7 press release, “International center of legal protection” (MTSPZ) engaged in the protection of Russian interests in the Yukos case. The funds were frozen Bureau of fraud investigation the Garda síochána in 2011, as part of an investigation of the laundering of money obtained illegally.
Khodorkovsky commented on the court decision on his Twitter account.
The funds were frozen in connection with the verdict of the Khamovnichesky court in 2010,when the court has appointed to Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev additional prison terms for the theft of oil and laundering of the proceeds from its sale, wrote earlier . The money was kept in two funds owned by the trust on the island of Guernsey, the beneficiary of which is Khodorkovsky wrote earlier, The Irish Times, citing the statement of the lawyer of Khodorkovsky.
Russia decision caused surprise and regret, according to a press release MTSPZ. The Russian side has not had the opportunity to participate in the proceedings and provide proof of the illicit origin of these funds, because they were not notified about the treatment of Khodorkovsky in court with the statement on unfreezing assets, follows from the document.
According to the Russian side, the court’s decision is based on the statements of lawyers of Khodorkovsky on the political motivation of the case, which “… directly contrary to the conclusions of the European court of human rights”, which in the decisions from 2011 and 2013 confirmed that Khodorkovsky is guilty of tax crimes. The unfrozen funds “represent proceeds of crime,” reads the press release.
Earlier, Khodorkovsky’s lawyer Remy Farrell argued that these funds originate from the Yukos dividends and transactions to repurchase shares of the company’s shareholders, which date from 2002 and 2003.