Belykh’s defence asks to reopen investigation of case

Belykh’s defence asks to reopen investigation of case
Nikita Belykh

Former Governor’s lawyer said that he did not agree with the end of the investigation and its findings.

The defense of former Head of the Kirov region Nikita Belykh, who was accused of bribe taking, appealed to the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor General's Office with a request to reopen the investigation of the criminal case against the ex-Governor. As Belykh’s lawyer Andrey Grokhotov told RBC, the defense does not agree with the results of the investigation and demands that it continues.

According to the lawyer, the findings of the investigation has "a lot of gaps, a lot of contradictions." In addition, Grokhotov stressed that the investigation did not include the evidence on the inclusion of which the defense insisted.

"Therefore, we ask you not to approve the indictment and return to the stage of preliminary investigation," the lawyer explained, adding that the defense, in particular, insists on questioning one of the witnesses, Alexey Pykhteev.

Earlier, on July 27, it transpired that the investigation of the criminal case against Nikita Belykh, who was accused of taking a bribe amounting to 400 thousand Euros in favor of the bribe-giver and the enterprises controlled by him, Novovyatsky Lyzhny Kombinat (Novovyatsky Ski Factory) and Lesokhozyastvennaya Upravlyayushaya Kompaniya (Forest Management Company), was completed. The ex-Governor was arrested in June 2016; he does not admit his guilt.

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