Former Head of Yakutia MIA Yakov Stakhov amnestied

Former Head of Yakutia MIA Yakov Stakhov amnestied

The former Head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Yakutia Yakov Stakhov, declared internationally wanted in 2012, has been granted amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

As reported by the press-service of the regional ICR Investigations Directorate on Saturday, November 11 this year Yakov Stakhov filed a motion to dismiss the criminal case based on the State Duma decision "On amnesty in connection with the 70th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945."

"After considering the motion, investigator decided to discontinue the criminal case on non-rehabilitating grounds," the statement says.

"Investigation believes that in 2007, Yakov Stakhov granted a Mercedes-Benz 400 SEL, received by the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Yakutia as sponsor assistance from ALROSA Diamond Company, to his relative."

February 2012, the former Minister was interrogated as a suspect; a preventive measure in the form of travel restriction and good behavior was set for him. He was given a notice of appearance before the ICR Investigation Directorate of Yakutia to be charged under part 2 of Art. 285 of the Russian Criminal Code (Abuse of Official Powers).

February 23, violating the chosen measure of restraint, Yakov Stakhov left Yakutsk for Moscow.

October 12, 2016, Stakhov paid a voluntarily visit to the investigator, and was placed in a detention facility. The criminal case was resumed. He gave a detailed testimony about the circumstances of the crime committed and fully admitted his guilt.

November 1, he was released from the detention facility on his own recognizance. It is also noted that the Mercedes-Benz 400 SEL was seized and returned to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Yakutia.

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