Senator Arashukov’s lawyer states her client being accused of crime that never happened
In Marina Andreeva’s words, the accused of murder of Aslan Zhukov was acquitted, so the crime had never happened.
The Karachay-Cherkessia senator Rauf Arashukov’s lawyer Marina Andreeva has stated her client is being accused of participating in a crime that had never happened, reports RIA Novosti.
During Moscow city court hearings on a complaint by Basmanny court about the arrest of Arashukov, his lawyer made a motion and indicated that the investigation makes reference to testimonies of Rasul Adzhiev who had been accused of murder of a deputy chairman of a movement Adyge Khase Aslan Zhukov, however had been acquitted.
“Adzhiev testified in Zhukov case - allegedly by order of Arashukov. However he was acquitted, so there was no crime,” the lawyer stated. The prosecutor in his turn stated the presence of the sentence of acquittal is not an object of the given consideration.
In the prosecutor’s words, the senator is not only being accused of murder of Zhukov, but of other crimes, as well. He also said about new circumstances and gathering of data and evidence for consideration of the criminal case. The judge refused Andreeva’s petition.
Arashukov was detained on January 30 at the Federation Council meeting. He is being accused of organization of 2 murders and of participation in a criminal community and putting pressure on a witness. The senator’s father Raul Arashukov was detained in Gazprom building in St.Petersburg. He is being accused of organization of a criminal community and swindling on an especially large scale. Arashukov Sr. is being accused of theft of gas worth of 31.7 billion rubles (roughly $450 million) from Gazprom.
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