Cyprus Mail

Moldovan extradition case adjourned until next week

Paphos District Court

The extradition hearing of a 30-year-old Moldovan man suspected of a $3.5m fraud was adjourned again on Friday to October 27 as the welfare office has yet to prepare a report on his financial status.

The court requested the report earlier this week after he requested legal aid claiming he lacks the financial means to pay his own lawyer.

Held in the central prisons since August 29, the suspect was arrested in Cyprus a day earlier with an international arrest warrant issued by the United States in connection to allegations of a $3.5m fraud where he apparently transferred the sum to a bank in a third country.

Paphos CID arrested him after an Interpol wire revealed he had arrived in Cyprus on August 21 and was staying in Paphos. During a search of his dwelling, he consented to the search of a computer, which was seized as evidence. Justice minister Ionas Nicolaou has already authorised the initiation of proceedings for his extradition to the US.



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