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Moscow court cancels decision to extend Oboronservis case suspect's arrest

December 12, 2013, 17:19 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Under the previous court ruling, she is to remain under house arrest until December 26, but if the investigator fails to lodge a new petition by that date, Vasilyeva will be set free
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MOSCOW, December 12. /ITAR-TASS/. Moscow City Court's appeals board has ordered a new review the investigator's petition to extend the arrest of Yevgenia Vasilyeva, a key suspect in the high-profile Oboronservis case, accused of 12 episodes of theft.

The investigator had asked the court to keep Vasilyeva, former head of the Defense Ministry's property department, under house arrest until February 23. The decision on extension of the arrest was canceled due to violations of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The Thursday resolution did not change Vasilyeva's measure of restraint. Under the previous court ruling, she is to remain under house arrest until December 26, but if the investigator fails to lodge a new petition by that date, Vasilyeva will be set free.

During the court hearing, Vasilyeva's lawyer Khasan Borokov asked the court to let his client have three-hour walks if the measure of restraint could not be changed. He also claimed that Moscow Court judge Larisa Smaokina had replaced the secretary of a hearing in a breach of regulations.

After investigator Igor Pavlovsky and military prosecutors Dmitry Kozlov and Andrei Sinkov refused to support the defense's petition, Borokov demanded their incarceration.

But a court panel said "they could see no evidence of prosecutors' direct or indirect interest in the outcome of the case."

Vasilyeva burst into tears at the hearing maintaining that the case against her had been fabricated.

"All my associates are slandered or harassed, and my doctors refuse to give me treatment for this reason," she said.

Earlier, Moscow City Court extended Vasilyeva's house arrest to February 23, 2014, agreeing with the investigator that Vasilyeva's freedom had to be restricted as she could escape or put pressure on witnesses.

Vasilyeva has been under house arrest for more than a year. At present, she and her lawyers are reading the materials of the criminal case against her.

Military prosecutors said the damage caused by Vasilyeva's actions exceeded three billion roubles.

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