Court allowed to carry out searches in house of ex-Governor Yurevich
The former Head of the Chelyabinsk Region is accused of receiving multimillion bribes and instigation to slander.
The Chelyabinsk Regional Court recognized searches in the house of former governor of the region Mikhail Yurevich lawful. This was reported by the press service of regional court. Earlier, the investigation appealed for a visit of law enforcement authorities, therefore it took place at the end of March, however, later Yurevich's defense submitted the appeal with the requirement to recognize searches illegal.
As the Crime Russia wrote earlier, the Leninsky District Court of Yekaterinburg did not satisfy the petition of the investigation and refused arrest in absentia of Mikhail Yurevich accused of taking of bribes for 26 million rubles ($35.600). Thus, the decision of district court of Yekaterinburg cancelled the international prosecution of the official.
According to the data obtained from the official’s lawyer Igor Trunov, Yurevich is on treatment in London. Earlier he underwent medical examination in Israel.
It should be noted that the ex-Governor of the Chelyabinsk Region declared about his intention to arrive to Yekaterinburg for giving testimonies, however he did not designate the exact dates of the arrival. At the same time, lawyer Trunov emphasizes that his client does not hide from anyone, but he can not come to the Investigative Committee for a good reason. Defense of the ex-official does not specify, what illness does the suspect have. Yurevich is incriminated Bribe-Taking (part 6 Art. 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and Instigation to Slander (part 4 Art. 33 and part 2 Art. 128.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation). According to case papers, being the Head of the Chelyabinsk Region (from 2010 to 2014), Yurevich systematically got bribes for the general protection from hid subordinate － Minister of Health of the region Vitaly Teslenko (in 2014 he was sentenced to seven years also for bribes for 70 million rubles), which total amount has made 26 million rubles.
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