VLADIVOSTOK, February 20, /ITAR-TASS/. - A court in Russia's Far East sentenced an abductor of regional legislator Dmitry Suleyev to eight years in a maximum security penitentiary finding him guilty of extortion and planning robbery.
"The Lenin district court of Vladivostok reviewed the case under special procedure as the defendant, whose name is withheld, had confessed to the crime," Yelena Telegina, senior aide to the regional prosecutor, told Itar-Tass.
His four suspected accomplices are to go on trial shortly.
Police caught the legislator's abductors red-handed as they were preparing the new crime. If convicted, they might be punished by up to 15 years in prison.
Dmitry Suleyev was kidnapped in December 2012. The abductors tortured him for several days demanding a ransom. Threatening murder, they forced him to phone his relatives and ask them to pass money to the abductors. After several failures to get hold of the money, the abductors began to suspect that Suleyev's relatives had reported his abduction to police. Fearing criminal prosecution, they released their victim.
Suleyev won a seat in Vladivostok legislature as a United Russia candidate in October 2012. In City Hall, he heads the committee for economic policy and municipal property.