The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) has received confirmation from INTERPOL on the arrest of a former head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects Management Vladyslav Kaskiv in Panama.
"An official confirmation of the arrest of Vladyslav Kaskiv in Panama has been received by means of Interpol sources. The moral of this story – third rate showings off cost much for an impudent selfie-fan," Deputy Prosecutor General Yevhen Yenin wrote on his Facebook page.
On August 8, 2016, Lutsenko said: “We have just received information on the detention of "the second Spanish instructor" Mr Kaskiv in Panama. He was put on the international wanted list under Article 191 (theft) and other official crimes.”
The petition to extradite Kaskiv had been handed to the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine and “now diplomatic executives are to send the documents to Panama,” PGO spokesperson Larysa Sarhan wrote on her Facebook page on August 20.
Kaskiv refuted the statement of Prosecutor General of Ukraine Yuriy Lutsenko about his alleged arrest in Panama.
In his blog on the website of Ukrayinska Pravda publication, he posted a photo with a Panamanian police officer and a fresh newspaper in his hands and wrote: "I have never been detained and arrested in Panama or elsewhere. There is no Interpol red card on me. Only politically motivated 'law enforcers' have information about my 'crimes'. The motive for the event was a usual clearance of my migration status by the Panamanian Migration Service when I crossed the border with Costa Rica where I planned to go with friends and my family."
In its turn, Ukrainian Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) said that INTERPOL had issued Red Notice against a former head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects Management of Ukraine Vladyslav Kaskiv
and law enforcement agencies are taking measures to extradite him to Ukraine. On August 1, 2016, INTERPOL General Secretariat published a Red Notice to arrest and extradite former head of the State Agency for Investment and National Projects Management of Ukraine Kaskiv under Part 5 of Article 191 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (misappropriation, embezzlement or conversion of property by abuse of official post
committed in respect of an especially gross amount, or by an organized group) and Part 2 of Article 366 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (forgery in office).
The press service said, referring to a report of the INTERPOL National Central Bureau in Panama that on August 18, 2016, Kaskiv was detained on the border with Costa Rica when he did not get a permit to enter the country on August 17, 2016.
In turn, Director of Communications Department of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry Artem Shevchenko said that as of Thursday, the Ukrainian Bureau of INTERPOL hasn’t received information on Kaskiv’s detention in Panama.
From December 2010 until March 2014 Kaskiv headed the State Agency for Investment and National Projects Management.