France prolongs Russian senator Kerimov’s arrest for day
Official charges have not been brought yet. The arrest can not last more than 48 hours without a court decision.
In France, the arrest of Russian Senator from the Republic of Dagestan Suleyman Kerimov is prolonged for a day, RIA Novosti reported. He has not yet been formally charged, but it is known that he is suspected of tax evasion. According to prosecutor of Nice Jean-Michel Pretre, today the Senator will be interrogated. The term of his arrest cannot exceed 48 hours without a court decision. The decision will be made during the day.
As reported by Reuters, Kerimov is suspected of tax evasion upon purchase of real estate on the Cote d'Azur. Representatives of the Senator, however, state that he does not have real estate abroad. During the interrogation, Kerimov did not admit his guilt, sources say.
It also became known that Kerimov visited France on personal matters. He did not have a diplomatic passport with him. According to the source of RIA Novosti in the Federation Council office, these documents are kept in a special department of the upper house and are issued to senators only by order on a business trip.
The State Duma of the Russian Federation appealed to the Foreign Ministry with a request to take measures for the speedy release of Kerimov, RBC reports. Deputies accused France of violating the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations. The head of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs, Leonid Slutsky, stressed that the Senator is endowed with diplomatic immunity, regardless of whether he has a corresponding passport. Slutsky said that he hopes for "an early resolution of this issue."
The State Duma said that the Senator's detention was "flagrant and unprecedented." According to Slutsky, it could be "a planned provocation."
Vice Speaker of the Council of Federation Ilyas Umakhanov said that the leadership of the Republic of Dagestan follows the situation with the detention of Kerimov, Gazeta.ru reports. In the republic they hope for a positive development of events, Umakhanov stressed.
Suleyman Kerimov was detained at Nice airport on November 20. The Senator was taken to the police station. Kerimov takes 21th place in the Forbes richest Russian people top. His fortune is estimated at 6.3 billion dollars.