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Ulyukaev's defense won’t insist on disclosure of Rosneft CEO's testimony in court

November 27, 2017, 16:23 UTC+3

On Monday, the defense completed the provision of evidence in the case against former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev

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MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The lawyers of former Economic Development Minister Alexey Ulyukaev are not going to seek the disclosure of the testimony of Rosneft CEO Igor Sechin in court, lawyer Tymofei Gridnev told TASS on Monday.

"We definitely will not ask for the disclosure of Sechin's testimony, as we insisted on the presence of the witness in court, but this did not happen. Let's see if the court will be able to pronounce the verdict without the testimony of the main witness," Gridnev said.

On Monday, the defense completed the provision of evidence in the case against former Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev, who is accused of extorting bribe from head of Rosneft Igor Sechin.

The hearings will continue on November 28. The court is expected to give parties an opportunity to provide additional evidence.

The case

Ulyukayev was taken into custody on November 14, 2016, while allegedly receiving a $2 mln bribe in exchange for the Economic Development Ministry’s consent to give the go-ahead to the oil major Rosneft’s acquisition of a 50.08% stake in another oil company, Bashneft, and was subsequently put under house arrest. On November 15, President Vladimir Putin dismissed Ulyukayev from his high-ranking post citing loss of trust. The former minister is under house arrest in his apartment in Moscow.

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