US looks to seize superyacht in Fiji linked to Russian oligarch | Business and Economy

The luxurious vessel the Amadea is extensively believed to be owned by sanctioned Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov.

The US is searching for to grab a superyacht suspected of belonging to a Russian oligarch that’s docked within the Pacific island nation of Fiji, a restraining order filed on Tuesday by Fiji’s director of public prosecutions confirmed.

The luxurious vessel the Amadea is extensively believed to be owned by Russian oligarch Suleiman Kerimov, who has been sanctioned by the US and European Union.

The vessel arrived in Fiji every week in the past after leaving Mexico 18 days earlier and crossing the Pacific. Police are investigating.

Authorities in varied international locations have seized luxurious vessels and villas owned by Russian billionaires in response to sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine, which Russia calls a “particular navy operation”.

Fiji’s director of public prosecutions, Christopher Pryde, filed an utility to the Excessive Courtroom searching for to forestall the Amadea from leaving Fiji.

The appliance requested “the motor yacht Amadea be restrained from leaving Fijian waters till the finalisation of an utility to register a warrant to grab the property and (ii) {that a} US warrant to grab the Amadea be registered”.

The US embassy didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark, however final week mentioned “the USA is dedicated to discovering and seizing the belongings of the oligarchs who’ve supported the Russian Federation’s brutal, unprovoked warfare of alternative towards Ukraine”.

The court docket has not heard the applying.

A superyacht agent in Fiji appearing for the Amadea instructed the Reuters information company final week the vessel’s legal professionals had been contesting that Suleiman was the proprietor.

Registration data seen by Reuters present the yacht is registered to an organization within the Cayman Islands.

Kerimov was sanctioned by the US in 2018 and 2014 in response to Russia’s actions in Syria and Ukraine.

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