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Bill Browder arrested in Spain on Russian warrant, released shortly

June 21 2018, 12:16 | Irvin Gilbert

British Putin critic Bill Browder tweets that he has been arrested in Spain on a Russian warrant

Bill Browder

The Spanish police have released the American financier Bill Browder that had been detained earlier on the Russian arrest warrant, Bloomberg reports.

Spanish law enforcement said officers let Browder go after it was "verified by INTERPOL Spain that the arrest warrant issued by the Russian authorities for tax evasion was invalid". "They won't tell me which station", the tweet reads.

Spanish police released him about an hour after his initial arrest.

Browder was a driving force behind getting the Magnitsky Act enshrined in law in the U.S. He believes it's Putin's No. 1 priority to get the U.S.to lift sanctions under the act, which now affect 44 Russians.

William Browder tweeted about the arrest Wednesday, posting a photo on his official profile saying that he was in the back of a Spanish police vehicle on the way to a police station.

Mr Browder then posted a picture of a document linked to his arrest, detailing his legal rights and saying that he had been detained on allegations of fraud.

"They won't tell me which station", he wrote in a follow-up.

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In December, Browder called for Interpol to "suspend Russia's membership for flagrant abuse of the Interpol system".

One of Vladimir Putin's most vocal critics was briefly arrested in Spain on Wednesday morning after years on the run from the Russian government - but nobody wants to claim responsibility for doing it.

Image: Mr. Browder confirmed he had been released on Twitter.

Shortly before 11 a.m., Mr Browder tweeted a second photo of an English translation of his arrest warrant, dated May 30: "he/she has been arrested by his/her alleged participation in the criminal facts: fraud". He renounced his American citizenship in 1998 to avoid having to pay United States taxes, and became a British citizen.

In March Mr Browder told the Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee that he believed the Russian government wanted him dead.

He was put on trial in absentia in 2013 for tax evasion - in the same trial where the deceased Magnitsky faced charges, which was labelled "absurd" by observers.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson welcomed Browder's release, tweeting: "Just spoken to Bill Browder - very glad that he has now been released". "Moscow should concentrate on bringing those responsible for the murder of #Magnitsky to justice".



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