Cypriot court postpones extradition of man arrested for bribery

Businessman Germans Miluss, convicted in Latvia in connection with bribery in the 2005 local elections in Jurmala, has not been extradited to Latvia yet after being detained in Cyprus.

Miluss' lawyer had asked not to extradite him, asking the court to procure additional documents, reports Latvian Television. The next court meeting is scheduled for August 25.

According to the Cypriot police force, the 54-year-old man arrived at the Larnaca Airport on August 4 at 6 p.m. on a flight from Moscow.

During passport controls, it was discovered that an European Arrest Warrant has been issued against him by Latvia. He was sentenced to five years in prison for bribing a public official on March 18, 2005, reported CNA.

At midnight, the Cypriot police received a warrant for Miluss’ arrest, but the man said he felt unwell because of high blood pressure and was taken to a local hospital.

Earlier, Latvian media reported that after fleeing Latvia, Miluss settled down in Russia, and most probably, assumed Russian citizenship.

In 2007, Zemgale Regional Court found car dealer Miluss, former Jurmala mayor Juris Hlevickis and candidate councilor Gvido Harijs Volburgs guilty of attempted bribery. The above persons had tried to bribe Jurmala City Council member Ilmars Ancans in order to secure his vote in Hlevickis’ favor in Jurmala’s local elections.

Hlevickis and Miluss were sentenced to five years behind bars and Volburgs received a three-year suspended prison term.

Miluss was absent from his sentencing in court, and his whereabouts until this time remained unknown.

In March 2015, Miluss was put on the international manhunt system. Latvia’s TV3 commercial TV channel reported that same year that Miluss was living in Russia and has probably become a Russian citizen.

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