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Custody term extension for Bulgaria ship case defendants requested

October 30, 2012, 15:49 UTC+3

Five people are brought to criminal responsibility for the major shipwreck on the Volga River

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MOSCOW, October 30 (Itar-Tass) — The investigation has requested to extend the custody term for the defendants in the criminal case of the Bulgaria ship sinking until February. Spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Tuesday that the investigators requested the court to extend custody term until February 10, 2013 for Svetlana Inyakina, Yakov Ivashov, Irek Timergazeyev and Vladislav Semenov.

Five people are brought to criminal responsibility for the major shipwreck on the Volga River. They are captain’s mate Ramil Khametov, Bulgaria’s sub-lender Svetlana Inyakina, expert of the Russian River Register Yakov Ivashov and two staff members of the Federal Service for the Oversight of Transport (Rostransnadzor) Vladislav Semenov and Irek Timergazeyev.

In accordance with their roles, they are charged under articles 238, 263, 143, 285 of the RF Criminal Code (provision of services that do not meet the requirements of safety and health of consumers; violation of the rules of operation of inland waterway transport, violation of safety rules and abuse of power).

According to the investigation, the actions of the defendants in combination caused the sinking of the Bulgaria ship in the Kuibyshev reservoir of the Volga River on July 10, 2011and the death of 122 people from the total 201 of on board.

Earlier, the term of the investigation within the criminal case was extended until March 10, 2013.

Currently, the defendants continue to familiarise themselves with the materials of the criminal case. They started on June 7. Shortly before that, more than two hundred affected persons finished to read more than 90 volumes of the criminal case.


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