Fugitive minister of Omsk Region Marenkov to speak at trial on Hamburg’s case

Fugitive minister of Omsk Region Marenkov to speak at trial on Hamburg’s case
Vadim Merenkov

Earlier, the ex-official came to investigators personally.

The Ex-Minister of property relations in the Omsk Region Vadim Merenkov will give evidence in court on the case of the former first Vice-Governor Yuri Hamburg, as reported by TASS.

Merenkov, who was put on the international wanted list in 2014, came to an investigation agency with his lawyer. The former official refused to tell, where he had been hiding, and noted that the escape was not his decision. He did not recognize his guilt. In addition, the ex-Minister said that he had planned to come to investigators in the begging of 2016, but postponed his decision. After questioning, he was put in a detention center.

Former officials of Omsk Administration Hamburg and Merenkov are accused of selling state land to affiliated persons at reduced cost. According to investigation, 24 plots with a total area of 5.5 hectares were handed over to private ownership. In addition, an area of 21 hectares was transferred to the Korona Company for vegetable gardens. The total damage from the activities of public officials was estimated at 200 million rubles.

On 15 of June, 2014 Yuri Hamburg was arrested and sentenced to 5.5 years in prison, although he did not recognize his guilt. In March 2014, Merenkova managed to escape from a hospital. After that, he was put on the international wanted list. Now, hearings on the appeal of Hamburg’s verdict are underway in Omsk court. Next hearing is scheduled on October 7. Merenkov will attend the hearing.

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