Chelyabinsk Region: Arrest of ex-Senator Tsybko’s banks accounts and property lifted
The Chelyabinsk Region public prosecutor's office did not file a request for former senator Tsibko’s banks accounts and property to remain under arrest. Tsybko is accused of taking bribes.
The office did not file a request for former senator Tsybko and his family’s banks accounts and property to remain under arrest. Court ruled Tsybko’s parents’ apartment, garage, Tsybko’s apartment and bank accounts are no longer under arrest. The time the property was arrested for expired on July 20. The time had been extended several times.
May we remind you that Konstantin Tsybko’s property was arrested in the framework of investigation of a criminal case opened against him for taking two bribes (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Russian Criminal Code), as reported earlier by the CrimeRussia. Magnitogorsk resident Evgeny Tarasov paid Tsybko 17.5 million rubles ($295 thousand) to appoint him Mayor of Ozyorsk in 2011, according to investigators. A local entrepreneur paid him 10 million rubles ($168 thousand) for protection in 2012, according to the investigators. Tsybko pleaded not guilty. He claims he has been wrongly accused.
The investigators had insisted Tsybko and his family’s property had to be confiscated, according to the office of public affairs of the office. It is up to court to decide what to do with the arrested property.
Meanwhile, Tsybko’s attorney Sergey Kolosovsky said third parties’ property, especially Tsybko’s parents property, cannot remain under arrest indefinitely and that court keeps extending the arrest out of necessity.
“Court does not owe anything to anyone if an arrest has expired. The prosecution should have offered extending it (if they believed it was necessary). Even then, court may have not ruled in their favor. The arrest was illegal to begin with, as far as I know. The police claiming Tsybko is corrupt was the only reason for it. However, it has never been proven the property was purchased using criminal money. Consequently, court would not rule in favor of the prosecution if it requested extension. You do not think the prosecution did not file a request to court out of sloppiness or due to knowing the arrest was illegal, given it believed it was necessary to extend it, do you? This is why it was disingenuous to say it is up to court to make a decision regarding Tsybko’s property arrest,” Sergey Kolosovsky pointed out.
The prosecutors want the former Russian Federation Council member to go to prison for 14 years instead of 9 and pay a 500-million-ruble ($8.8 million) fine instead of 70 million rubles ($1.2 million).