Spanish Prosecutor's Office did not demand preventive measure against oligarch Mikhail Fridman
The prosecution believes that the Russian billionaire could take advantage of the situation at Zed which was on the verge of bankruptcy, and through third parties influenced its financial condition.
Prosecutors did not ask the court for any restrictive measures against the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman, who on Monday testified in the National Court of Spain in the bankruptcy case of Zed WorldWide, anti-corruption prosecutor Jose Grinda told reporters after the hearing that lasted three hours.
However, he told reporters that Friedman “from the perspective of the Prosecutor’s Office, Fridman will remain in the status of the accused.” “That's for sure,” he emphasized.
Friedman himself did not give any comments.
During the hearing, he refuted all charges against him. The businessman answered the questions from both the Prosecutor's Office and his lawyer, Grinda said.
The Fridman’s hearing had previously been postponed twice. The defense requested that the businessman be interviewed by video link, but the judge ruled that he should appear in person.
Anti-corruption prosecutor Jose Grinda sent the request for summoning Friedman to court in August. He is investigating an attempt to acquire the Spanish company Zed WorldWide (developer of technologies and services for mobile operators) by Russian investors associated with Fridman.
The prosecution believes that the Russian billionaire could take advantage of the situation at Zed which was on the verge of bankruptcy, and influenced its financial condition through third parties. According to the prosecutor’s request, Fridman “controlled the events that, together with the actions of other people under investigation, led to the bankruptcy of Zed WordWide.”
Earlier, the businessman’s representative denied all the charges and told RIA Novosti that Fridman intends to file lawsuits in Spain and other countries against people who, in his opinion, provided false information about his involvement in the bankruptcy of Zed.
According to the lawyer, these “allegations are the product of a wild conspiracy theory invented by Javier Perez-Dolset, a leading shareholder of Zed+, and his colleagues, who have been found to provide false and misleading evidence.”
The businessman’s representative also drew attention to the fact that no official charges were brought against Fridman in Spain regarding the bankruptcy of Zed.