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Defense lawyer appeals arrest of Russian anti-corruption agency’s deputy chief

September 12, 17:38 UTC+3 MOSCOS
According to investigators, police seized sums of more $120 million and €2 million in the appartment of Dmitry Zakharchenko, the deputy head of the Russian anti-corruption agency
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MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. The defense for Dmitry Zakharchenko, the deputy head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs' Committee for Economic Security and Combating Corruption, has filed an appeal against his detention, attorney Yury Novikov told TASS.

"We have submitted an appeal against the Presnensky District Court’s ruling to take my client into custody as the necessary measure of restraint", the lawyer stated.

Zakharchenko is charged with violating several articles of the Criminal Code: "Abuse of official position" (article 285), "Obstruction of justice and preliminary investigation" (article 294) and "Accepting a bribe" (article 290). Moscow Central Investigation Department of Russia’s Investigation Committee is looking into the case.

On September 10, Moscow’s Presnensky District Court ruled that Zakharchenko should remain in custody until November 8. According to investigators, police seized sums of more $120 million and €2 million in his apartment. In court, Zakharchenko claimed that the flat belonged to his sister.

A law enforcement source previously told TASS that Zakharchenko’s arrest is connected with an embezzlement case involving 26 billion rubles from Nota-bank. In addition, he also claimed that the money found during the search did not belong to him.

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