The ex-governor asked to consider his case with a jury in Khabarovsk, whose residents “know him and the circumstances of the case best of all.” But the Supreme Court doubted the objectivity of the process there and moved it to Lyubertsy
The Supreme Court sent the criminal case of the former governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergei Furgal and other defendants accused of organizing the murders of entrepreneurs in the Moscow region for consideration on the merits. This is reported by RIA Novosti.
“ Send the criminal case by jurisdiction to the Lyubertsy City Court of the Moscow Region '', & mdash; the court ruled.
Furgal, as the judge pointed out, asked to consider his case with a jury in Khabarovsk, whose residents “ know him and the circumstances of the case best of all. '' However, the court concluded that the consideration of the case with the participation of a jury in the Khabarovsk Territory may lead to a bias in the process.
When determining the place of the hearing, the court took into account the fact that the accused are being held in Moscow pre-trial detention centers, their defenders live in the capital, and witnesses will arrive at the trial from different parts of the country, and Lyubertsy near Moscow is a convenient place for organizing the trial.
In addition, the judge extended the arrest of the accused and their property for a period of six months. The court took into account the gravity of the charges brought and concluded that only their detention would be able to secure the interests of justice.
The ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, Sergei Furgal, was detained and taken to Moscow on July 9 last year. He is accused of organizing the murders of Far Eastern businessmen in the 2000s, when he was still doing business. Then entrepreneurs Yevgeny Zorya, Oleg Bulatov, Alexander Adamov and Roman Sandalov were killed. On July 20, 2020, President Vladimir Putin removed him from office with the wording “ due to loss of confidence '' and appointed Acting Governor of LDPR member Mikhail Degtyarev.
After Furgal was detained, unauthorized protests took place in the cities of the Far East: activists demanded a public and open trial of the former head of the region, and also criticized the actions of the federal authorities. The rallies lasted more than six months.
In February, Furgalu was charged with the final version: of organizing the murders of entrepreneurs Yevgeny Zori and Oleg Bulatov, as well as the attempted murder of Alexander Smolsky. According to the UK, the main motive for the crimes was “ promoting the commercial interests of Furgal and his accomplices. ''
The ex-governor has repeatedly denied guilt, he considers his persecution politically motivated. In addition, Furgal complained about threats and pressure from the investigation. Later, Furgal became a defendant in another case under an article on organizing a criminal community.
The Investigative Committee reported that testimony against Furgal was given by four accused who had been detained earlier. In addition to Furgal's former business partner Nikolai Mistryukov, his former assistant in the State Duma Andrei Karepov, an entrepreneur and general director of Alteza, is also involved in the ex-governor's case. Andrey Paley and security inspector at Mendeleevo Airport in Yuzhno-Kurilsk Marat Kadyrov.
According to investigators, Furgal and Mistryukov created an organized group in 2004 to commit murders of competitors. It included Karepov and Mikhail Timofeev, who had authority in the criminal circles of the Khabarovsk Territory, who, in turn, attracted Marat Kadyrov and Andrey Paley to participate in the crimes for money. In July 2004, according to the investigation, Kadyrov, while in the village of Progress, Amur Region, threw two grenades at a businessman who was receiving scrap metal. Tom managed to survive. Later, according to the investigation, due to a long commercial dispute over the ownership of several real estate objects, Furgal and Mistryukov ordered the murder of another businessman through the mediation of Karepov and Timofeev. In October of the same year in Khabarovsk, Paley shot a businessman. In order to cover up this crime, Paley shot in January 2005 in Khabarovsk a man who was part of Furgal's entourage and who was aware of his involvement in the murder of an entrepreneur. The case against Mistryukov in connection with the conclusion of a pre-trial cooperation agreement with him was allocated to a separate proceeding. Timofeev disappeared from the investigation and was put on the wanted list, the investigation of the case against him and other persons continues.
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