Moldova Seeks Extradition Of Business Tycoon From Ukraine

CHISINAU, Moldova -- Moldova has demanded the extradition of a businessman detained in Ukraine recently, a source in the Prosecutor General's Office said on Thursday.

Gabriel Stati

Ukrainian media earlier reported Gabriel Stati, one of Moldova's richest people, had been detained.

The Ukrainian Interior Ministry has neither confirmed nor denied the detention.

The Moldovan Prosecutor General's Office has said Stati could have been involved in sponsoring and masterminding the latest protests in Chisinau, although the source did not specify what he was accused of.

Protests against the ruling Communist Party's victory in Sunday's elections turned violent on Tuesday, with some 10,000 rioters seizing of the presidential residence and nearby parliament building.

Some 170 police officers and more than 100 civilians were injured in the clashes.

Source: RIA Novosti