One of the main defendants in the case about the illegal supply of weapons to Angola in the 90-ies, known as “Angolagate”, an Israeli businessman Arkady Gaydamak was released from custody in France. According to his lawyer Patrick Klugman free the businessman will have to wear an electronic bracelet that will transmit information on his whereabouts, reports TASS.
As explained by Krugman in conversation with reporters, Gaydamak “freedoms are granted to implement them work on a social project, involving the scope of cooperation between representatives of different cultures and religions”.
In 2009 a Paris court sentenced the businessman, who lived at that time in Israel, to six years in prison. In April 2011, the court of appeal of the French capital has reduced an imprisonment term to three years, since she believed that the actions of Gaydamak and others held in this case cannot be regarded as illegal arms trade, as deliveries were made by order of the then Angolan government.
The court also decided to fine the businessman for 375 thousand Euro. This was the punishment established by the court of tax fraud committed by Gaydamak in the operations of the arms trade, referred to the case of “Angolagate”.
In November last year, Gaydamak himself surrendered and was taken into custody. “My client is starting a new phase in my life and decided to complete all the calculations with the French justice. He expressed a desire to become an ordinary French convicts”, – explained then the lawyer of the businessman.