Court called "unfortunate mistake" previous publication of prolonging decision in re Gaizer's case
Earlier, lawyers claimed a challenge of a judge. The defense’s petition will be considered today.
The press service of the Moscow City Court called the extension of arrest to the accused upon the Gaizer’s case an "unfortunate mistake", because a hearing should be held only today.
"A member of the court just confused with the first sheet of the resolution, which in any case would have been in it... It is an unfortunate clerical error, which has no effect on the court's decision and does not replace it. The question of prolonging detention without trial to five persons involved, was not raised and could not be made," the representative of the court told RAPSI.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, on 14 December, the Moscow City Court considered the extension of the detention’s term for four persons involved in the case of ex-Head Vyacheslav Gaizer, but in the court order it has been listed names of other defendants in the case, the hearing on whom is scheduled for today.
So, on the eve, the court heard the appeal of Agrocomplex director Igor Kudinov, entrepreneurs Valery Veselov and Mikhail Hruzin, and former Vice-President of the Komi Government Konstantin Romadanov. The Gaizer’s defense told Republic Magazine, people, listed in the court order, were not those, who were present in the court, but the other five defendants in the corruption case. The lawyers were issued a document on the arrest extension to Vyacheslav Gaizer, his ex-Deputy Alexey Chernov, former Head of Information Administration Pavel Maruschak, ex-Speaker of the Regional Council Igor Kovzel and businessman Lev Libinzon. Note that the hearing in relation to the latter should be held only today, 15 December.
According to the lawyers, the court's decision was prepared in advance. In this regard, the Gaizer’s lawyers demanded disqualification of a judge Lyudmila Smolkina. The application also will be discussed today.
Recall, there are 18 persons involved in the major corruption cases. They are suspected of Organizing or Participating in a Criminal Association (Art. 210 of the Criminal Code), created for Swindling (Art. 159 of the Criminal Code) of state property in Komi and the withdrawal of assets abroad in the amount of not less than 2.5 billion rubles. Chairman of the ICR Alexander Bastrykin said that the investigation of the Gaizer’s case will be completed in January 2017.
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