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Court to decide on polygraph test for LUKOIL official

September 19, 2011, 13:30 UTC+3
The court postponed the hearing citing "a lack of certain necessary documents"
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MOSCOW, September 19 (Itar-Tass) — Moscow's Tverskoi court will consider on September 28 the petition filed by father of Olga Alexandrina, killed in a road accident in Lenin Prospekt (Street) in Moscow, over the investigator's refusal to use a polygraph on LUKOIL's vice-president Anatoly Barkov, whose car was involved in the crash.

On Monday, the court postponed the hearing citing "a lack of certain necessary documents."

The petition by representatives of Olga Alexandrina family noted that senior investigator Stantislav Lagoiko, who had probed this high-profile case, turned down their petition on "a psycho-physical expert examination" (polygraph test) of Barkov, as well as the persons who were in the Mercedes together with him - Kartayev and Furman.

"Lagoiko did not substantiate his answer, saying that the witnesses (Barkov, Kartayev and Furman) had declined to take the test earlier."

The defense asked the court to override the investigator's resolution and commit him to "eliminating the violations."

The lawyers of the injured parties also protected the investigator's refusal to question another two witnesses of the car crash and order an additional technical expert examination.

The road accident occurred in Leninsky Prospekt on February 25, 2010. A Citroen driven by Moscow region resident Olga Alexandrina collided with a Mercedes S-500 carrying LUKOIL vice president Anatoly Barkov.

Barkov was hospitalized.

The Citroen's driver and her passenger - Prof. Vera Sidelnikova - were killed in the crash. They worked in the Kulakov obstetrics research center. They were driving to work, when the road accident occurred.

The Investigation Committee later closed the probe saying Alexandrina had caused the crash. The probe was dropped due to the death of the injured partly.

Moscow police chief Vladimir Kolokoltsev said "in that road situation - when the surface was wet - the Citroen exceeded the speed limit and tried to change the far left line to the right where another car was driving."

"An eye-witness driving behind the Citroen said he had seen it skidding and driving into the lane along which Barkov's Mercedes was going. This resulted in a head-on collision. That's the end of the story. The probe is over," Kolokoltsev said.

He denied any pressure on the investigators.

In October, 2010, the Moscow City Court upheld the decision to drop the criminal case.

The mass media dubbed the road accident "VIP crash." The injured parties appealed to the Constitutional Court. It ruled that the norms of the Code of Criminal Procedure which allow for dropping proceedings due to the suspect's death and without the consent of his or her relatives did not correspond to the Constitution. Alexandrina's relatives insisted on her rehabilitation. The Constitutional Court noted the necessity to introduce certain amendments to the Code of Criminal Procedure.

After the court's ruling, the lawyers of Alexandrina's father asked the investigator to reopen the probe.

Alexandrina's relatives earlier appealed with the European court of human rights, demanding a fair legal action and compensation.

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