France appoints date of Russian Senator Kerimov's case consideration

France appoints date of Russian Senator Kerimov's case consideration
Suleyman Kerimov

The Russian Senator remains in Nice under a recognizance not to leave and €40-million-pledge.

Next week, the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal appointed the first court hearing against Russian billionaire and Senator Suleyman Kerimov. The court will consider various issues of the judicial procedure, RBC reports citing Nice prosecutor Jean-Michel Prêtre.

He stressed that it would be a trial of technicality.

Recall that in May the media reported on the hospitalization of Kerimov with a heart attack during his trip to Russia. The prosecutor said that he did not know the details of Kerimov's illness and his treatment, but noted that the conditions of his detention in France had not changed. Prêtre added that Kerimov's defense "regularly sends requests to mitigate or cancel the obligations imposed on him."

Now the Russian Senator is under a recognizance not to leave in Nice and can leave the city only in case of obtaining the appropriate permit. So, the businessman flew several times to Russia.

"Kerimov strictly and completely observes the conditions of judicial control," the prosecutor stressed.

Recall that the Senator was detained at the airport of Nice on November 20, 2017. The French authorities charge him with the tax evasion when buying the expensive real estate on the Cote d'Azur. According to the investigation, the total amount of transactions reached €400 million.

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