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Prominent S'ville Russian arrested

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Police arrive at Snake House to arrest Nikolai Doroshenko on Wednesday. Photo supplied.

Prominent S'ville Russian arrested

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Businessman Nikolai Doroshenko, the longtime adversary of fugitive former billionaire Sergei Polonsky, has been arrested in Sihanoukville on charges of counterfeiting documents, forgery of signatures and breach of trust.

Military Police surrounded Doroshenko's Snake House restaurant on Wednesday afternoon and whisked him away in a black car, to the apparent delight of Polonsky, who tweeted photos of the arrest, signing off with "have a nice day".

Kol Phally, deputy police commissioner, told the Post that Doroshenko was arrested at about 2:30pm by police serving a warrant.

“They arrested only him alone,” he said, adding that he expected military police to forward him to the court.

A copy of the arrest warrant indicates the charges are related to a complaint Polonsky filed against Doroshenko in July 2014 alleging he forged signatures to take possession of the disputed Koh Dek Koul island.

Preah Sihanouk provincial governor Chhit Sokhon confirmed earlier that police were seeking Doroshenko's arrest, but stressed "we didn't have any relation to or pressure from Polonsky for this arrest".

"We arrested him with many cases related to violent provocation and business competition," he said, adding that any further details of the case were being kept secret at this stage.

The arrest warrant viewed by the Post states that Doroshenko was summonsed to appear in court twice in February but failed to appear.

As a result, police were ordered to immediately arrest him on charges that could total between three and eight years jail time if he is convicted.

Nikolai Doroshenko's lawyer, Nach Try, said he didn't know how many cases his client had been charged in connection with but that he had heard one involved "violence".

Kaspars Čekotins, one of Polonsky's lawyers, told the Post the cases were related to alleged attempts to use forged documents to take control of Sea Snake Investment Group Co. Ltd., the company that owns Koh Dek Koul island.

"The court wanted to hear from Nikolai how exactly he became the owner, but he just ignored the interventions from the court, so they took the next step," he said.

The Koh Dek Koul complaint is just one of more than half a dozen that Polonsky has filed against Doroshenko relating to islands that the two men had planned to develop jointly before their relationship soured in early 2013.

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