Russian Senator Kerimov released on €5-million bail
French authorities brought charges against the Senator and refused to allow him to leave the country.
The French court agreed to release member of the Federation Council of the Russian Federation oligarch Suleyman Kerimov on bail of 5 million euros. However, he could not leave Maritime Alps until the investigation is completed. In addition, the businessman will have to deposit a Russian passport and appear in the police dept every Friday.
"Mr. Kerimov remains at large, but is placed under judicial control, which implies a number of special obligations," said prosecutor of Nice Jean-Michel Pretre. Among them there is a demand to give up on meetings and contacts with a certain list of persons.
Two days after the arrest, the authorities of France charged Kerimov with money laundering and tax evasion. He was detained on arrival at Nice airport on 20 November. The night before the Senator was taken to the court of Nice, where he had been talking with the forensic investigator for several hours. Officials from the Kremlin and the Foreign Ministry stood up for Suleyman Kerimov, insisting on diplomatic immunity. However, the member of the Federation Council travelled without a diplomatic passport.
Le Figaro reports referring to a source close to the investigation, four more people were taken into custody in France upon the Kerimov's case.
Recall that in early 2017 the French police carried out searches at Villa Hier, which is supposedly owned by Russian billionaire Suleyman Kerimov. As reported by the Nice Matin edition, the searches that took place in February are related to the investigation of illegal schemes for the acquisition of French real estate.
Crimean Deputy Prime Minister Igor Mikhailichenko did not exclude the possibility that the entire premises would become a memorial, just as it happened to the school building in Beslan, which was seized by terrorists in 2004.