Special procedure will be used on trial against ex-official who beat woman on Arbat 

Special procedure will be used on trial against ex-official who beat woman on Arbat
Erast Mataev

The case initiated against Erast Mataev will be considered without examining the evidence.

The hearing of the case of the former Moscow Government official Erast Mataev will be held using a special procedure on October 14 at the Presnensky Court of Moscow. The court will not be examining the evidence. This means that the defendant fully confessed and repented in his crime, RAPSI reported.

The scandalous incident occurred on the Arbat on June 25, 2016. The official’s BMW X 5 with the AMR license plates was moving on a pedestrian area of the Arbat. One of the passers-by, Yevgeniya Khrapova, began filming the violation on her phone. Having noticed that, the ex-official got out of the car and attacked the woman: Mataev snatched the cellphone from her hands of the phone, smashed it against the wall and then kicked the young woman a few times.

Video from the broken cellphone of the woman injured in a scandalous incident with a former official on the Arbat

Erast Mataev was charged under part 2 of Art. 167 (Intentional Destruction or Damage of Property) and part 2 of Art. 116 (Battery). He faced up to five years in prison. Mataev was charged with an offense under part 2 of Art. 20.1 167 of the Administrative Code (Disorderly Conduct, that is violation of public order in the form of open disrespect of the public, accompanied by foul language in public places, abusive pestering of the people or destruction or damage caused to other people’s property).

Earlier, the accused claimed that he had allegedly apologized to Khrapova. In turn, the victim informed the media that Mataev had tried to bribe her, offering 10 thousand USD of compensation in exchange for peaceful settlement. "This week I was once again summoned to the police station, where by chance I met Mataev. He did not admit his guilt. He said that it had been an accident. At the same time, he proposed to settle things over and remain good friends, provided that he compensates me 10 thousand USD for the inflicted insult," Khrapova said.

Khrapova’s lawyer claimed that it was not the first time Mataev violated the traffic rules. In particular, eyewitnesses claimed that he was driving in the opposite lane on the Kutuzovsky Prospekt and insulting other drivers.

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