France once again accuses senator businessman Suleyman Kerimov of tax evasion
The court has left him at large on bail of 20 million euro.
A few days ago, an indictment was charged against Suleyman Kerimov in Nice. French prosecutors once again suspect the Russian senator and businessman of tax evasion when buying property in this country. This is reported by Meduza referring to the French publication Nice-Matin.
The publication notes that this property already appeared in the case against Kerimov, which was investigated in 2017-2018.
The new indictment was filed at the request of the French Ministry of Finance, which turned to the prosecutor’s office in Nice. As reported by Meduza, Kerimov has come to Nice to get familiar with the new charges. The court has appointed a bail of 20 million euro to the senator and has not restricted his freedom in any way.
To recall, in November 2017, Kerimov was detained in Nice as part of a tax evasion case. In particular, it concerned Villa Hier on the Cote d'Azur, which the senator had bought at a price several times lower than its market value. Kerimov was imposed travel restrictions and had to pay a bail of tens of millions of euros. In June 2018, the prosecutor’s office in Nice announced that the charges had been dropped from Kerimov, but he was considered an “assisted witness” in the case of tax evasion.
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