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Austria approves US extradition for Ukrainian oligarch

  • Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash waits for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash waits for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash waits for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash waits for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash arrives for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Ukrainian oligarch Dymitro Firtash arrives for the start of his trial at the courts of justice in Vienna, Austria, Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017. Firtash was arrested in Vienna in March 2014 on an American warrant charging him with bribery and other offenses. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)  (The Associated Press)

An Austrian court has approved a U.S. extradition request for a Ukrainian oligarch suspected of paying millions of dollars in bribes to Indian officials.

The court decision Tuesday overturns a lower court ruling nearly two years ago against extraditing Dymitro Firtash. The judge then said that the U.S. move was at least partially politically motivated through links to political events in Ukraine, and not supported by sufficient evidence.

Firtash was indicted in Chicago by a U.S. grand jury in 2012 two for allegedly paying off the officials through U.S. banks in a failed attempt to secure titanium mining rights in India.

Arrested a year later in Vienna, Firtash posted bail of 125 million euros (more than $130 million) shortly afterward, leaving him free but unable to leave Austria.