Court ignored "grave mistake" appealing Marat Oganesyan

Court ignored "grave mistake" appealing Marat Oganesyan
Marat Oganesyan Photo: RIA Novosti / Mikhail Kireev

Thus, the complaint of lawyers for the arrest of the St. Petersburg former Deputy Mayor, who is accused of fraud in the construction of Zenit-Arena, was rejected and he was remanded in custody.

The complaint of former St. Petersburg Vice-Governor Marat Oganesyan was considered at the St. Petersburg City Court. The main essence of the claim was that the permissible statutory period of arrest exceeded. About this mistake detainee's lawyers reported filing the appeal. Recall, November 18, Oganesyan was placed under arrest for two months. However, his lawyers found that preliminary period expired on December 9 and the City Court was obliged to release the former official in the same day. The original appeal hearing was scheduled for 7 December, but then the court postponed it on formal grounds till 14 December. The outcome of the hearing was the decision to leave Oganesyan in custody until 15 January.

The St. Petersburg ex-official is accused of especially large scale Swindling (part 4 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). According to investigators, the ex-official, who oversaw the construction of the stadium Zenit-Arena from 2013 to 2015, illegally attracted Stock Company TDM as a sub-contractor for the construction work, and then transferred it the amount of more than 50 million rubles as advance, which was withdrawned through short-lived companies. 

The suspect was arrested on November 16 in Moscow, and then transported to St. Petersburg. During the investigation Oganesyan repeatedly complained about his health. In mid-November, the defendant got sick during the hearing and was given a first aid. Oganesyan also felt ill during the interrogation, so, he was transferred to Alexandrovskaya hospital. Last week he was transferred from the detention facility Kresty to the FSIN inter-provincial hospital n.a. Gaaz. It is noted that the transfer was planned.

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