UPDATE 1-Romania indicts Lukoil's Petrotel refinery for money-laundering

Понедельник, 3 августа 2015 19:16 MSK

* Prosecutors allege money-laundering

* Lukoil has denied charges, will fight asset seizure

* No trial date set yet (Adds details, background)

BUCHAREST, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Romanian prosecutors said on Monday they have indicted Russia's Petrotel Lukoil refinery in Romania, its Russian director-general and three other officials for money-laundering in a 2 billion euro ($2.19 billion) criminal probe.

Prosecutors have already seized Lukoil assets worth 2 billion euros as part of their investigation into suspected money-laundering at the refinery, in the southern Romanian city of Ploiesti.

Russia's second-largest oil producer, Lukoil has denied the accusations and said it would appeal against the asset seizure. It also called last month for the European Commission to help it fight the charges. When contacted by Reuters about the indictments, a spokesman declined to give any new comment.

No one was available for comment at the refinery on Monday.

Prosecutors from the Ploiesti court of appeals indicted the director-general of the refinery, as well as two deputy managers and also a Netherlands-registered holding company, according to a statement issued on Monday evening.

No trial date has been set as of now. Prosecutors said the Romanian secret service, known as SRI, assisted them in their investigation.   Продолжение...