Court validates investigator's arrest in $3 mln bribe case
MOSCOW, November 21 - RAPSI. The Moscow City Court confirmed on Monday the validity of arresting an investigator charged with taking a $3 million bribe, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports from the courtroom.
The counsel for former investigator Nelly Dmitriyeva requested for her a non-custodial measure of restraint.
The Dmitriyeva case has caught public attention not only as a result of the amount of bribe, but also due to media reports regarding her involvement in the investigation of Sergei Magnitsky, an major investment fund's lawyer whose death in a pretrial detention center caused a public outcry.
The Interior Ministry's Investigative Department has refuted such allegations.
A Moscow district court issued on October 5 an arrest warrant for Dmitriyeva to be kept behind bars at least until November 24. The judge heeded the investigators' arguments that the suspect is a flight risk, may pressure witnesses, or obstruct the investigation because of her legal knowledge.
Dmitriyeva has been charged with attempted large-scale bribe-taking from businessman Boris Yudin, whose case she was investigating.