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The trial will return to Furgal's old alibi
The ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergei Furgal got a chance to avoid criminal prosecution in the case of the murder of businessman Yevgeny Zori in 2004. The Moscow City Court instructed the Basmanny District Court to resolve the professional conflict between two senior investigators who were dealing with this crime: an employee of the Khabarovsk prosecutor's office, who found Furgal innocent, and a representative of the central office of the ICR, Yuri Burtovoy, who this summer returned to a previously rejected version.
According to Kommersant, a hearing on the controversial investigators will be scheduled this week. The decision to refuse to initiate a criminal case, issued 16 years ago, has now become a stumbling block in the investigation.
The former governor's defenders appealed to the Basmanny Court with a complaint against the actions of Yuri Burtovy. The lawyers believe that he was in a hurry to bring charges, because by that time there was no decision of the appellate instance to cancel the decision to refuse to initiate the case.
Sergei Furgal's lawyer, Alexander Startsev, filed a complaint with the Moscow City Court and indicated that all "decisions and actions (inaction) of officials taken at the pre-trial stages of criminal proceedings if they are capable of causing damage to the constitutional rights and freedoms of participants in criminal proceedings are subject to judicial review." The arguments of the defender at the trial were supported by a representative of the Prosecutor General's Office. He agreed that the court should evaluate not only the arguments of the current investigators, but also the investigator of the Khabarovsk prosecutor's office, who found Furgal innocent.
The businessman Zorya was shot in 2004 in the center of Khabarovsk after a protracted conflict with Furgal. Then the ex-governor there was a prosecutor's alibi for a key episode. However, this year the court granted the request of the investigation to cancel the decision on termination of the criminal case regarding Furgal.
The wagon was detained July 9 on suspicion of assassination and murder organizations entrepreneurs. Former governor pleads not guilty and refuses conclude a pre-trial agreement... investigative committee extended the investigation period until February 8, 2021, and the Basmanny Court extended the preventive measure until December 9.