Oekraïens prokureur, 45, ontken dat hy deel is van 'n bankbedrog van £65 miljoen

Glansryke Oekraïense prokureur, 45, ontken verwoed dat hy deel is van 'n bankbedrog van £65 miljoen – after her ex-husband is arrested at Luton airport over claims

A glamorous Ukrainian lawyer has furiously denied involvement in an alleged £65 million banking fraudafter he ex-husband was arrested over the claims.

Olena Tyshchenko was speaking after her ex-husband Serhiy was arrested at Luton Airport on Wednesday and forced to attend the High Court alongside her to discuss the claims against them both.

Die paartjie, albei 45, are involved in a civil case in the High Court in Londen accused of large-scale fraud in relation to the Ukrainian bank, Fortuna.

Both strongly deny any wrongdoing. Ms Tyshchenko said: ‘Serhiy and I have never been involved in any kind of fraud.’

The airport arrest came after Mr Tyshchenko told the court in May that he could not attend a hearing because he was in Ukraine assisting the war effort against Russia’s invasion.

Olena Tyshchenko was speaking after her ex-husband Serhiy was arrested at Luton Airport on Wednesday and forced to attend the High Court alongside her to discuss the claims against them both

Olena Tyshchenko was speaking after her ex-husband Serhiy was arrested at Luton Airport on Wednesday and forced to attend the High Court alongside her to discuss the claims against them both

But the claimants countered this by saying he had been seen and photographed at Wisley golf club, a leading course in Surrey.

A bench warrant was issued for Mr Tyshchenko’s arrest at the High Court in May when he failed to appear at a hearing.

He had asked to attend the hearing via video link explaining that he was in Ukraine and did not want to travel due to a worsening security situation. But his application was refused.

Egter, the former banker returned from Ukraine on Wednesday and was arrested upon his arrival at Luton Airport.

The former millionaire was held overnight in Pentonville Prison and was taken in hand-cuffs yesterday morning to appear before the case judge, Mrs Justice Bacon DME

He was then bailed subject to surrendering his passport and agreeing to appear to be cross examined in court today.

The claimant in the proceedings, British-based financial company WWRT Ltd, is seeking to recover the alleged debt of £65 million from Fortuna bank, which Mr Tyshchenko owned.

WWRT said in a statement: ‘The fraud was carried out through the grant of multiple loans to borrowing companies that did not engage in substantial commercial activity and who had no intention of repaying the loans.’

He had asked to attend the hearing via video link explaining that he was in Ukraine and did not want to travel due to a worsening security situation. But his application was refused. Egter, the former banker returned from Ukraine on Wednesday and was arrested upon his arrival at Luton Airport (hierbo afgebeeld) [Lêerfoto]

He had asked to attend the hearing via video link explaining that he was in Ukraine and did not want to travel due to a worsening security situation. But his application was refused. Egter, the former banker returned from Ukraine on Wednesday and was arrested upon his arrival at Luton Airport (hierbo afgebeeld) [Lêerfoto]

However Mr Tyshchenko and his ex-wife Olena, who owns a mansion in Weybridge, Surrey, strenuously deny being involved in any fraud.

The pair claim Fortuna bank collapsed as a result of Ukraine’s 2014 Revolution of Honour that led to a 300 per cent devaluation of the country’s currency, the hryvnia.

And they claim that the British courts should not be ruling on a Ukrainian matter.

Speaking outside the court Ms Tyshchenko explained: ‘Serhiy and I have never been involved in any kind of fraud.

‘I am his ex-wife and I have never been involved in Fortuna Bank.

‘However the bank was thoroughly investigated by the Ukrainian authorities after it collapsed in 2015.

‘To help people understand the bank only authorised loans with 111 per cent worth of securities.

‘But the Revolution of Honour in 2014 – and the Russian invasion of Crimea and the Donbas – caused the Ukrainian currency to be devalued by 300 per cent causing the bank and many clients to collapse.

‘A similar case was brought against Serhiy in Ukrainian court to recover these loans failed because the court found that it was without merit.

‘This case is brought by a new company which was set up in the UK simply as a litigation vehicle by the people who failed in the Ukrainian courts.

‘When this company WWRT Ltd was set up, the managing director and majority share-holder was a 23-year-old Ukrainian woman with no commercial experience.

‘The people behind this company and these claims are Ukrainian businessmen who are trying to pursue their meritless claim through the British courts.

‘Two similar claims, one brought by WWRT Ltd against former Ukrainian bankers, were rejected by the British and BVI courts because the courts did not accept jurisdiction to rule on these cases.

‘I am surprised that in our case the judge did not come to the same conclusion.’

Mr Tyshchenko’s arrest comes after the UK took steps against a number of Russian tycoons following the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraineincluding Roman Abramovich who was forced to sell Chelsea FF to new owners.