Busted! Rosneft Head explained his absence in court with business trip with PM, which PM did not plan
Rosneft was told that the head of the company would be at demonstrating of the mineral assets.
His refusal to appear in court upon the Ulyukaev’s case on November 22, Igor Sechin argued that these days he would be at with a working trip involving PM Dmitry Medvedev in the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous District (KhMAO). However, Rosbalt reports that the Prime Minister has other arrangements. The fact is that the schedule of the Prime Minister does not imply any activities on November 22, and the press service of the Russian government told that from Medvedev would return his working trip on November 21.
Earlier, Rosneft told that Sechin would not be able to appear in court on November 22, as he would demonstrate the mineral assets to Dmitry Medvedev in KhMAO. Company's press secretary Mikhail Leontyev noted that Igor Sechin might linger in the region, as "he has a far-going program there."
At his public meeting, Sechin told Interfax that on November 22 he would sum up Medvedev's trip.
Recall, Igor Sechin is a key witness in the ex-Minister Alexey Ulyukaev’s case of a bribe. The court had twice summoned Sechin to hearings, but every time there was a reason why he could not come. With further disregard of the court summons, it is likely that he will be compulsory attended.
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