MOSCOW, January 22. /TASS/. Senator Suleiman Kerimov, who in France were charged with money laundering, I am sure that I will be able to prove his innocence. This was stated by the speaker of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko at the meeting with the Senator, who within three days was in Russia with the permission of the authorities of the French justice.
“Suleiman Kerimov considers himself innocent and is confident that will be able to refute the charges imposed. Therefore, do not intend to hide, is configured to cooperate with the investigation and hopes to return home”, – quotes Matvienko, the press service of SF.
The Arrest Kerimov
A member of the Federation Council Suleiman Kerimov, was detained by members of the French police at nice airport on the night of November 21. Immediately after receiving information about the incident arrived at the scene the staff of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation.
The next day the MP was formally charged under article “money Laundering with tax evasion”, the court of nice after the hearing decided to release the Senator on bail of €5 million and the restriction of freedom of movement. Since then Karimov could not leave the French Department of Alpes-Maritimes and must regularly report to local police stations.
The case was then referred to the judge-the investigator, who is now conducting examinations before trial. With all of the judges protected by the secret investigation. As previously reported by TASS, the Prosecutor of nice, Jean-Michel Prêtre, pre-trial investigation in the case Kerimova will last “at least six months.”
Friday Prêtre reported that Kerimov had received permission from the investigating judge to make a brief three-day trip (Friday to Sunday) to visit a close relative.