Zakharchenko and Sugrobov colleague arrested for two months
Interior Ministry Lt. Col. Sergey Astafurov does not admit his guilt in the court. The lawyer of the law enforcement officer, in turn, says that the criminal case against his client – is a revenge of Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant management.
Employee of the MIA General Administration for Economic Security and Combatting the Corruption (GUEBiPK) Lieutenant Colonel Sergey Astafurov is arrested for two months by the decision of the Basmanny Court.
The law enforcement officer does not admit guilt of abuse of official powers. Moreover, the colleague of previously arrested Dmitry Zakharchenko and Denis Sugrobov said that the case against him was framed up.
"Being questioned as an accused Astafurov did not plead guilty. Astfurov's guilt is confirmed by the testimony of witnesses and victims Shibanov and Komarova,"- said the investigator at a hearing of the Basmanny Court of Moscow, in which a measure of restraint was chosen.
According to investigators, Astafurov illegally began prosecuting the owners of the Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant (ChTPZ), initiated the case against head of the company Andrey Komarov and his lawyer Alexander Shibanov upon a bribery to general director of FSUE Promresurs Dmitry Spiridonov in 2014. Subsequently, the case was terminated for lack of evidence.
The lawyer of Lieutenant Colonel said that the prosecution of his client was initiated under the guidance of ChTPZ. "This criminal case, in our opinion, is the revenge of large enterprises, including the Chelyabinsk Pipe Rolling Plant, which had to recoup the money they illegally received," said lawyer Sergey Kapustin at the session of the Basmanny Court recalling that thanks to the actions of his client about 20 billion rubles ($352.286.958) were returned to the budget.
Previously the CrimeRussia wrote that Astafurov was arrested by the FSB, and investigators asked the court to arrest the police officer. Later it became known that the police officer is charged with committing an offense under item (c), part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers).
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