Colonel Zakharchenko not seen family since arrest

Colonel Zakharchenko not seen family since arrest
Dmitry Zakharchenko at hearing of a motion to extend the arrest Photo: Photo: Kirill Zykov / Moscow City News Agency

Common-law wife of the accused brings packages to the pre-trial detention center; yet she is denied private meetings.

Dmitry Zakharchenko, the former Acting Head of the Department T of the General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption, suspected of bribe-taking, has not seen his family since the day of his arrest. The policeman’s common-law wife Marina told Dozhd she brings regular care packages to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. However, just like the parents of the arrested, she is never permitted a private meeting. Zakharchenko’s lawyer Aleksandr Lebedevich said his client had requested a meeting with his family, but to no avail. The Russian Investigative Committee is yet to give an official comment as to why family visits are prohibited.

We should remind that Mr. Zakharchenko was arrested on September 8 and put into custody two days later. He is charged with Bribe-Taking (Art. 290 of the Criminal Code), Abuse of Official Powers (Art. 285 of the Criminal Code) and Obstruction of Carrying out of Justice (Art. 294 of the Criminal Code). Earlier, on November 3, the Presnensky court of Moscow extended the Colonel's arrest until March 8 on request by the investigation. Mr. Zakharchenko and the party of defense requested a release. According to the prisoner, his health has deteriorated considerably due to the "dreadful living conditions" in jail. The MIA Colonel assured the judge that he was ready to cooperate with the investigation, helping them find the owner of the money totaling 8.5 billion rubles, which had been found during a search in his sister’s apartment in a Moscow’s upmarket residential complex. "Give me three bracelets for each leg, arm and neck, just set me free. I would even live in the investigator's office," the suspect begged the judge, who remained unyielding. Zakharchenko’s defense appealed the extension of his arrest in the Moscow City Court.

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