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Lawyer asks SK chief to supervise probe into ex governor's case

October 26, 2011, 14:55 UTC+3
"I've asked SK head Alexander Bastrykin to take the probe into the criminal case under his personal supervision and decide on eliminating the violations," the lawyer said
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MOSCOW, October 26 (Itar-Tass) — The lawyer of former Tula region governor Vyacheslav Dudka asked chief of the Investigative Committee (SK) Alexander Bastrykin to supervise the probe into the case against his client.

Lawyer Vladimir Zherebyonkov told Itar-Tass he had already sent the statement to the SK chairman

"The statement notes that the circumstances of the investigation into the criminal case against Dudka indicate that the evidence was doctored, because gathering it and presenting the results of operation/search events and checks were effected with violations of the Criminal Procedural Code, and obviously tended to be accusatory, while the statements and petitions by the defense (more than seven) have been ignored," Zherebyonkov said.

"In this connection, I've asked SK head Alexander Bastrykin to take the probe into the criminal case under his personal supervision and decide on eliminating the violations," the lawyer said.

On November 2, Moscow's Basmanny court will consider the investigator’s petition to extend house arrest of Dudka.

On September 6, Moscow's Basmanny court sanctioned house arrest of the former governor. The court placed a number of restrictions on him. At present, Dudka is staying in the village of Khomyakovo, Tula region. He can only communicate with the members of his family living with him in the same house and close relatives.

On September 5, he was charged with taking a 40-million-rouble bribe.

The investigators said Dudka, together with the regional land and property department chief Viktor Volkov, passed a 2.5-hectare land plot to the GRINN corporation for the construction of a supermarket. The intermediary in taking the bribe from managing director of the GRINN Corporation private company Dmitry Dobrynin was Tula Parks state company director Andrei Stepanov.

On August 29, Dudka was expelled from the United Russia Party for "actions discrediting the Party and damaging its political interests," after he demanded the payment of compensation for his voluntary resignation.

The article under which Dudka was charged envisions 7 to 12 years in prison with a possible additional fine up to one million roubles.

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