The court extended the arrest of Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg Hovhannisyan until may 9

SAINT PETERSBURG, January 13. /TASS/. Smolninsky district court of St. Petersburg today, at the request of SK extended for four month, until may 9, detention of the former Vice-Governor of Marat Hovhannisyan, the correspondent of TASS from the courtroom. Ex-official accused of fraud for 50 million rubles in the construction of the football stadium “Zenit arena”.

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“The court concludes that the question, being at large, can affect witnesses, has a real opportunity to leave Russia and to hide from the investigation. The petition of the investigation corresponds to CPC and shall be satisfied . Extend the term of detention until 9 may inclusive,” said judge Olesya Buckskin.

“In the name of Oganesyan valid foreign passport and in the process of preparing visa in USA. The investigators believe that he, being at liberty can hide. According to witnesses, Hovhannisyan has contacts in the criminal sphere. It can, being at large, to influence the course of the investigation,” she said, announcing the decision.

His lawyers asked the court to elect a measure of restraint in the form of house arrest. Today during the meeting Hovhannisyan complained of high blood pressure, after examination by paramedics, the hearing continued. The meeting on the extension of the arrest of judge Dun was closed to the media at the request of SK for the announcement of the information constituting secrecy of the investigation.

In mid-December, 2016 the St. Petersburg city court dismissed the appeal Hovhannisyan, leaving in force issued on 18 November, the Smolninsky court about its arrest for two months.

Former Vice-Governor of St. Petersburg detained on 16 November in Moscow, the next day he was charged under article 159 of the criminal code (“Fraud”). In the course of a criminal investigation by investigators together with employees of regional government of FSB and the Webirc was an established fact of theft in 2014, more than 50 million rubles at the conclusion of the General contractor, ZAO Transstroy contract with the company “TDM” to supply a scoreboard for the stadium “Zenit arena”. In case there are several defendants, one of them, the employee “TDM” Artem Kuspit, is in custody.

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