Hungary denies asylum to former Ukrainian MP

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Former Ukrainian MP Oleksandr Shepelev, a suspected embezzler of public and private funds, has reportedly been denied asylum via refugee status by Hungarian authorities – not exactly a surprise, considering he was busted in Budapest in early July with a counterfeit Hungarian passport and assumed name.

The report comes from national news service Interfax-Ukraine, which was informed by an unnamed source within diplomatic circles.

Shepelev’s subsequent extradition to Ukraine was held up in mid-August by court order while authorities considered his and his wife’s case for asylum in Hungary.

Shepelev, who served as an MP between 2006 and 2012, became the subject of an official investigation in February 2011 and was suspected of embezzling a combined €535.3 million from the National Bank of Ukraine and the commercial Rodovid Bank in 2009. Shepelev claimed that he and a business partner had in fact been blackmailed.

In 2013, Shepelev’s name was added to Interpol’s wanted list and he was arrested in Budapest earlier this year.

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