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Prosecutors, defense appeal house arrest for Domodedovo Airport owner

February 20, 20:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Moscow court on Friday, February 19, put under house arrest Dmitry Kameshchik, accused of violating security requirements that entailed the death of people in a terrorist attack in 2011
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Domodedovo Airport owner Dmitry Kamenshchik

Domodedovo Airport owner Dmitry Kamenshchik

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MOSCOW, February 20. /TASS/. The Prosecutor’s Office appealed house arrest for Domodedovo Airport owner Dmitry Kamenshchik, accused in the case on security violations in the airport that entailed death of people during a terrorist act in January 2011, court spokeswoman Yunona Tsareva said.

"The court has received an appeal against the Basmanny Court’s ruling on choosing the measure of restraint for Kamenshchik D.V. in the form of house arrest," Tsareva said.

According to state prosecution, the measure of restraint and the detention of Kamenshchik and other defendants in the case are illegal. Prosecutors insist that Kamenshchik be released and criminal prosecution of all defendants be stopped.

The defense of Kamenshchik also appealed the measure of restraint. "Today we appealed house arrest," lawyer Mikhail Kolpakov said.

Tsareva said the Basmanny Court registered the appeals of the prosecutors and lawyers.

"The dates of court hearings to consider the appeals have not been set yet," she said.

Moscow’s Basmanny Court on Friday, February 19, put under house arrest Dmitry Kamenshchik, accused of violating security requirements that entailed the death of people in a terrorist attack in 2011.

"The investigation’s request is granted and the measure of restraint for Kamenshchik is chosen in the form of house arrest until April 18," Judge Yelena Lenskaya announced, refusing to release the businessman on bail.

The judge’s ruling says Kamenshchik will be under arrest in a vacation center.

Under house arrest, Kamenshchik is banned, without an investigator’s permission, from leaving the place of residence, communicating with any people except for those determined by the investigation, using telephone and other communications means, including the internet.

Earlier Friday, during hearing of the investigation’s request, Kamenshchik, accused of violations of security requirements in the airport, which entailed deaths of people, asked the court, if the measure of restraint was house arrest, to allow him to serve the term in a Moscow Region village, Odintsovo, in a two-story mansion.

He said that he was registered and resided in a private house in Odintsovo, but leased a two-story building nearby, which is nonresidential and has the status of a vacation center, and that he would like to be under house arrest there.

A source in Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service told TASS that Kamenshchik will have to put on an ankle monitor.

Besides, correctional facility officials will visit him at least two times a week, as well as bring him to the investigator and to court. The person under house arrest will retain the right to call the ambulance and police, other communication and calls are to be defined by the judge. The judge also rules whether the person under house arrest may go out or not.

Earlier, former head of the Russian office of the Airport Management Company Ltd Svetlana Trishina, managing director of Domodedovo Airport Aviation Security Andrey Danilov and airport compound director Vyacheslav Nekrasov were arrested on the criminal case.

Kamenshchik and they were charged with a crime envisioned by Part 3 of Article 238 of the Russian Criminal Code (Fulfilling work or rendering services out of line with security requirements, which entailed, out of negligence, the death of two or more persons). The maximum punishment on the article is 10 years in prison.

Investigators say an improper passenger security provision system in the airport made it possible in January 2011 for suicide bomber Magomed Yevloyev to enter, unhindered, the building of Domodedovo Airport’s air terminal with an explosive device hidden under his clothes and detonate it, which killed 37 people and left 172 wounded.

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