The Moscow city court on Wednesday, September 7, upheld the extension of arrest of former Governor of Kirov region Nikita Belykh, accused of receiving a bribe of 400 thousand euros. During a court session ex-the head of the region, which followed the process of Metropolitan detention center “Lefortovo”, was bad. About the deterioration of health White told the court via video conferencing. He asked to interrupt the process, the doctor could measure his blood pressure, reports “Interfax”.
“I do not catch the thread of the process,” complained the ex-Governor. The accused also told the court that she was suffering from high blood pressure. White said that turned on the fan because it starts a hypertensive crisis. The court briefly adjourned the meeting. After measuring the pressure ex-Governor of the complaint to prolongation of arrest continued.
In the end, the Moscow city court decided to leave the decision of the Basmanny district court about the arrest unchanged, rejecting the appeal of the lawyers Vadim Prokhorov and Olga Mikhailova. As reported TASS, in the complaint defence and Sam White asked the court to cancel the decision on the extension of his detention and for his release from jail, choosing a milder measure of restraint – house arrest or bail.
In the process, Prokhorov asked to satisfy the complaint, citing the fact that the investigation did not provide any reasons for extending the arrest of his client. The lawyer asked the court to release White under house arrest, a personal guarantee or collateral.
White tried using the gospel to prove that you do not run away
Nikita Belykh also tried to convince the court that the lifting of the arrest will not lead to negative consequences for the investigation. “I here took the gospel and is ready to swear on the Holy gospel that is not going to run away, to put pressure on the investigation and threaten the witnesses. My only goal is to justify my good name,” said the ex-Governor, quoted by TASS.
For its part, the investigator and the Prosecutor strongly objected against satisfaction of the complaint and change the measure of restraint. “The court of first instance checked all the evidence linking White to the crime and reasonably came to the conclusion about prolongation of term of detention. Grounds for cancellation of the decision of the Basmanny court is not available,” said the investigator at the meeting.
August 22, the Basmanny court of Moscow sanctioned the extension of the arrest
White to 24 Dec. The preliminary investigation on the case
was renewed for the same term.
Former Governor detained on 24 June in one of the restaurants of Moscow. According to investigators, the head of the region personally and through the intermediary received bribes in especially large size for a total amount of 400 thousand euros for actions in favor of the briber and its controlled JSC “Novovyatskiy ski works” and LLC “Forest management company”. The next day, district court investigation at the request of the White sent into custody. Currently he is being held in the SIZO “Lefortovo”.
The ex-Governor was charged with receiving a bribe in especially large amount (part 6, item 290 of the criminal code). After the arrest of White the President of Russia Vladimir Putin has signed a decree on early termination of its powers in connection with loss of trust.
In the investigation of the case, the court imposed a security arrest on
owned by ex-Governor land in the suburbs. The decision was appealed by the defence Nikita Belykh, who categorically denies any wrongdoing.