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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Court Issues New Warrant For Berezovsky

The Basmanny District Court on Tuesday issued a new arrest warrant for self-exile businessman Boris Berezovsky.

The warrant was issued in connection with Berezovsky's trial, being carried out in absentia in Moscow, on charges of embezzlement in the 1990s.

Prosecutors have accused Berezovsky of stealing $13 million from the SBS-Agro banking giant and announced last week that they would be seeking his arrest in the case. He denies all charges.

"The court has grounds to suppose that Berezovsky, still free, will continue to engage in criminal activity and with considerable financial resources could put pressure on the witnesses and attempt to destroy evidence," Judge Yelena Yarlykova said Tuesday.

Berezovsky's lawyer, Simon Ariya, said it was the sixth arrest warrant for the London-based businessman.

"In the near future we are expecting a raft of new charges," Ariya said.

According to Ariya, Berezovsky is accused of using middlemen to take out a loan from the bank in 1997, which was used to acquire a villa in southern France and never repaid.

Berezovsky rented the villa, which was subsequently sold to a British company, Ariya said.

Moscow has for years been trying to have Berezovsky extradited to Russia to stand trial on separate charges. British courts have refused the request.

Russian officials have expressed anger at the British government, accusing it of providing Berezovsky with a safe haven. He said earlier this year he was working for the overthrow of the Russian government.

Berezovsky has also said the Kremlin was behind the murder last year, by radiation poisoning, of former security services officer Alexander Litvinenko. The Kremlin says the allegation is nonsense.

(Reuters, AP)