THE Russian authorities have to extradite businessman Leonid Kaplan, a member of the Russian mafia, to
In 2003 he illegally obtained a Russian passport and had been in the country since 2009, until he was arrested in
The Russian Federal Security Service described Kaplan as one of the “most heinous” figures in international organized crime, and said he is believed to belong to the same Russian-Georgian mafia clan as kingpin Zajar Kalashov, arrested in
Both were arrested in 2005 during an operation investigating the laundering of money from illegal casinos in
National Court magistrate, Fernando Andreu, travelled to
According to Kaplan’s lawyer, Marina Yarosh, her client was taken out of hospital, where he was receiving treatment for cancer, to attend the hearing, despite protests from his doctors, and without informing the lawyers.
She has also said that she will appeal the extradition in the Russian Supreme Court.
By Jennifer Leighfield.