Court found arrest of Colonel Zakharchenko legal
The complaint of the former Deputy Head of Department T of the General Administration for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia was rejected.
The Moscow City Court recognized keeping of Colonel Dmitry Zakharchenko in the pre-trial detention center of Lefortovo lawful. The defense of former Deputy Head of the General Administration for Economic Safety and Counteracting Corruption Department T of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia insisted on the contrary, petitioning for house arrest.
Zakharchenko declared in court that he can not be held in the pre-trial detention center as the investigation puts pressure upon him. Allegedly an investigator was threatening him to take actions against his relatives. Zakharchenko also once again declared that he has no relation to billions found in the apartment of his sister.
Besides, the Colonel once again rejected charge of a bribe in seven million rubles ($122.700).
To recall, on February 22 criminal case on suspicion of receiving two more bribes was initiated against him. In total there are now five episodes in his case, three of which - on the facts of taking of bribes.
More than 8 billion rubles ($140m) withdrawn during a search on criminal case in the apartment of Zakharchenko’s sister, according to the investigators, are a part of the money brought fraudulently out of assets of the Nota-Bank.
According to the Russian MIA’s spokesperson, Maria Zakharova, the detention of Russian woman Maria Butina in the US was specifically timed to coincide with the summit of Putin and Trump in order to minimize the effect of the presidents’ meeting.