6 May 2022

US officials seize superyacht in Fiji linked to Russian oligarch

From Checkpoint, 5:27 pm on 6 May 2022

American officials have seized a multimillion dollar super yacht moored in Fiji because of its links to a sanctioned Russian oligarch and so called dirty money.

The US blacklisted Suleimon Kerimov saying he has profited from the Russian government through corruption and malign activity around the globe.

The 106-metre Amadea yacht worth about NZ$467 million has been moored in Lautoka after arriving in Fiji from Mexico on April 12.

A Fiji court issued a warrant following a request from the US and local police help board the super yacht.

The Justice Department has warned it will be relentless to accountable those facilitating the death and destruction in Ukraine.

RNZ Pacific's correspondent Lice Movono talks to Lisa Owen.