Defendants convicted of stealing 125 million rubles from Customs arrested again

Defendants convicted of stealing 125 million rubles from Customs arrested again
Aleksey Shashaev, Lieutenant General of the Federal Customs Service Photo: Kristina Kormilitsyna / The Kommersant

The court unexpectedly extended the custody of arrested under the case of a multi-million-ruble fraud, suspecting they could be planning an escape.

An unusual procedural decision was made by the Tverskoy District Court of Moscow regarding the defendants under a loud criminal case involving a theft of 125 million rubles during signing of a state contract by the Federal Customs Service (FCS). FCS former officers were sentenced to 3 to 7 years’ imprisonment in July and kept in jail pending an appeal. However, two of the convicts, Aleksey Shashaev and Yelena Soboleva, being under written undertaking not to leave the place, were taken into custody right in the courtroom. However, the judge’s decision did not specify the limitation term, when the arrest should end. The phrase "until the sentence comes into force" is usually indicated. Prosecutors did not find any deadline in the text and decided to file a request for extension of the preventive measure for three months. The petition was filed on the grounds that prisoners could escape and continue their criminal activity.

Taking advantage of the unusual situation, lawyers of the defendants were trying to appeal for a sentence on parole or house arrest. However, the judge granted the prosecutor's petition only by extending the detention period until December 29, 2016.

The Shashaev’s attorney Sergey Starovoytov said that he and his colleagues would appeal the court decision as unlawful and devoid of any sense as the arrest loses sense after the appeals are considered.

"If the judge wanted to specify something, then at the meeting he was to consider only amending the sentence," said the lawyer to Kommersant.

As the CrimeRussia reported previously, the FCS Lieutenant General Aleksey Shashaev and the Customs Colonel Yelena Soboleva were convicted of a high-profile swindling case and sentenced to 5 years in prison. The businessmen Igor Beregovsky and Vyacheslav Lysakov were sentenced to 7 and 3 years of imprisonment respectively. They were all found guilty of Swindling on an especially large scale (part 4, Art. 159 of the Criminal Code). The investigation proved that the customs officials had organized Lysakov’s victory at an auction for the supply of non-exclusive right to use certain software for the company's products. The contract amounted to 332 million rubles, of which 125.8 million rubles were stolen by the criminals and split.

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