NEW YORK, November 9 (Itar-Tass) — US federal court of the Brooklyn district of New York on Friday will hold hearings in the case of employees of the Texas-based Arc Electronics company. They are accused of illegal shipments of microelectronics to Russia.
Lawyer Arkady Bukh told Itar-Tass that now the accused will be “defended only by free lawyers appointed by the US government.” “The defendants have run out of money for the services of paid lawyers,” Arkady Bukh said. “At the upcoming meeting I will officially inform the judge of the transfer of the case to a free lawyer who will be introduced to him.”
Earlier, all the accused, whose detention was carried out by US intelligence agencies at the beginning of October this year, insisted that they should be defended by the best local paid lawyers. The bills for legal services to individuals in protracted criminal proceedings, as is known from the American practice, amount to tens and hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Bukh represents the interests of Viktoria Klebanova who along with the owner of Arc Electronics, Alexander Fishchenko, and head of the export department Alexander Posobilov, is in custody in a prison in Brooklyn. Another Russian - Anastasia Dyatlova, who, like the other three accused, has the second - American citizenship, has been released on bail.
Federal prosecutors in New York reported earlier that 11 members of an alleged secret Russian military procurement network have been charged with illegally shipping sophisticated microelectronics to Russia's military and intelligence agencies. The FBI arrested the alleged ringleader, 46-year-old Alexander Fishenko, and seven others on October 3-4. They also executed search warrants at seven residences and business locations and seized assets from five bank accounts. The Department of Justice has stated that it believes three other suspects remain at large and have already returned to Russia
Presiding Judge Sterling Johnson Jr. predicts that the proceedings with the employees of Arc Electronics will last for two years. Alexander Bukh is of the same opinion.
According to investigators, the defendants have earned 50 million US dollars on illegal supplies of microelectronics. Fishchenko, Posobilov and Klebanov have been named “the main organisers of the illegal exports.” The Russian defence lawyers intend to seek their release on bail. According to Arkady Bukh, there are no “good reasons” for the detention in custody of Viktoria Klebanova.
The lawyer predicts that “today’s hearings will be brief.” The participants in the proceedings have had no time to prepare for them – because of Hurricane Sandy that has affected New York. In particular, meeting of the lawyers scheduled with representatives of the prosecution side, have been cancelled.