Former Minister of State Property in Nizhny Novgorod Region Alexander Makarov could not appeal verdict
The Court once again rejected the request for case reconsideration of the Nizhny Novgorod official.
The Nizhny Novgorod Regional Court rejected another appeal to protect the former Minister of State Property in the Nizhny Novgorod region Alexander Makarov. The convicted ex-officer asked for a retrial, he himself is going to be under written undertaking not to leave the place at the time of a new trial.
In April, the Soviet District Court sentenced Makarov to 4.5 years in prison for fraud with the land. The Regional Ministry of State Property sold illegally 1.7 hectares in the territory, allocated for construction of parking of buses of the company Highway Invest. At the same time, the price of land has been lowered by 60 million rubles.
According to Kommersant, in his defense Makarov said that the signed documents with his brain on autopilot. Because there were was signs of Ministry’s specialists, whom he trusted.
The lawyer of ex-officer Dmitry Artemyev, as an argument, also pointed out that the very agency experts were not questioned in the re-process (the First District Court returned the case to the Prosecutor). And the court took into account only the testimony, given during the investigation. However, as noted Artemyev, the ICR erroneously refered to the old statute of the Ministry, which was changed in 2010.
In this regard, in his complaint to the court's decision Makarov asked to cancel the sentence. For the ex-official Sokolskoe villagers stood up, because earlier Makarov was the elected Head of Sokolskoe district.
The judicial board, which has previously rejected several petitions, upheld the conviction. Makarov’s protection intends to appeal to the higher courts.
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A spokesperson of the Prosecutor's office said that the ECHR had not studied all the materials of the criminal case, so they were offered not to overturn the verdict, but to send the case for a new review in court.