Kerimov case remains open

Kerimov case remains open
Suleyman Kerimov

Law enforcement bodies are not going to drop all charges against the senator, even though the court ruled to do so.

A representative of the French Prosecutor General's Office, Vanessa Perret, gave a comment to Novaya Gazeta on the new status of Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov who had been charged with tax evasion.

According to her, the fact that the investigatory chamber of the Court of Appeal has changed Kerimov’s status from ‘the accused’ to ‘an assisted witness’ does not mean law enforcement agencies are going to drop all charges against him.

"The investigation remains ongoing..." Perret stressed adding that the exact ruling of the court "cannot be disclosed since it was delivered in a closed session and is not public."

Perret refused to comment on the reports that Kerimov’s passport and bail money would be given back to him.

"But I can tell you that the Nice prosecutor's office has nothing to do with this ruling," Perret said adding that the prosecutor "has five more days to file a cassation appeal with the higher court."

Senator Kerimov was detained in Nice on November 20, 2017. The court released him on bail of 40 million euros, and he remained accused of "money laundering in tax evasion." Yesterday it was reported that the court had dropped all charges from the Federation Council member.

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