Asset Recovery Watch

ARW-153
Pavel Lazarenko (Switzerland)
Ukraine
Member of Parliament (1998); Prime Minister (1996-1997); First Vice Prime Minister (1995-1996); various government and political positions, Dnepropetrovsk region (1992-1995)
Switzerland
Undertaking Recovery Effort, Location of Recovery Effort, Asset Location / Alleged Asset Location
1999
2001
Art.15, Art.17, Art.18, Art.20, Art.23
Yes
Criminal Prosecution and Forfeiture
Unknown
Investigatory cooperation but exact mechanism unknown
Close cooperation among investigators of Ukraine, Switzerland, U.S. and Antigua
Completed
Assets Returned to Victim or Requesting Jurisdiction
Unknown amount
No
N/A

In 2000, Mr. Lazarenko was convicted in absentia on money laundering charges. (Sources: BGer 125 II 356 (excerpt, judgment of 25 June 1999) and BGer 125 II 238 (excerpt, judgment of 8 April 1999), both of Canton of Geneva, administrative law court; see also BBC News, "The case against Pavlo Lazarenko," August 25, 2006, accessed at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/4780743.stm.)

According to the U.S. Department of Justice Press Release dated November 19, 2009, Mr. Lazarenko was sentenced to 97 months in prison, subsequent to his conviction on eight counts of money laundering. (Source: U.S. Department of Justice, "Former Ukrainian Prime Minister Sentenced to 97 Months in Prison," November 19, 2009.) According to BBC News, Mr. Lazarenko was convicted in Switzerland, in June 2000, on money laundering charges. (Sources: BBC News, "The case against Lazarenko," August 25, 2006. See also, Swiss court decisions: BGer 125 II 356 (excerpt, judgment of 25 June 1999) and BGer 125 II 238 (excerpt, judgment of 8 April 1999), both of Canton of Geneva, administrative law court).

Prosecutor General
Prosecutor General
Investigating Magistrate
Prosecutor General
Administrative Law Court, Geneva