Former deputy mayor of Sochi sentenced for collusion with developer
The defendant pleads innocent and intends to appeal the verdict.
Sochi’s Central District Court sentenced the former deputy mayor of the city, Mugdin Chermit, to two years and three months in prison for illegal construction and commissioning of multi-storey buildings, which caused damage to co-investors of 400 million rubles ($ 6,2 million), the regional publication SochiNews reports. Chermit pleads innocent – his lawyer intends to appeal the verdict.
“My actions do not constitute any deviations from the norms of the current legislation. I know what brought me here. I know that I have been held here for a year being absolutely innocent,” Chermit said.
Two weeks ago, the defendant refused to testify and called his case political.
On April 22, arrested Chermit was dismissed from his post. Now the City Hall must him pay a salary for the unused 37.5 days of vacation.