Witness for prosecution Zvontsev has never met Nikandrov and Maksimenko
A witness for the prosecution, the Director of private security firm Dmitry Zvontsev, confirms his involvement in the transfer of a bribe from Shakro Molodoy, but says that he has met neither Nikandrov, nor Maksimenko in person.
The defense refutes the testimony of the prosecution witness. The lawyers claim that Nikandrov and Maksimenko could not actually fulfill the promise to close the case of Shakro and Italian, even if they had selfish intent.
The defense argues that lead investigator of the case decided to change Art. 163 of the Russian Criminal Code (Extortion) for Art. 330 (Arbitrariness). However, he did not want to take responsibility for the outcome of this high-profile case, and asked for approval for this proposal from several regulatory bodies, namely, the Investigative Committee Executive Board in the Central Administrative District, the Procedural Control Department of the ICR Main Directorate in Moscow, and Moscow Prosecutor’s Office. All of them have confirmed the legality of this decision. Lawyers claim that their clients could not influence all these agencies, because they did not have proper authorization. So, they chose not to take such obligations.
Source of Kommersant implied that the main evidence in the case of senior investigators is Dmitry Zvontsev’s testimony, who is the director of private security firm controlled by Shakro. Zvontsev admitted his involvement in the transfer of a bribe from the criminal leader. However, Zvontsev added that he had never met with either Nikandrov or Maksimenko. He only heard from other intermediaries about the final recipients.
"The FSB investigator was not impressed" by the attorney’s arguments, Kommersant reported. Presumably, the intelligence services have more tangible evidence that had not been announced yet.
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