Lawyer involved in high-profile car crash suspected of bribery
MOSCOW, January 13 - RAPSI. A lawyer, who was earlier engaged in the high profile car crash case involving a LUKOIL vice president, is suspected of giving a $3,300 bribe to a police officer for support in wrapping up another car crash case, Moscow police headquarters told RIA Novosti.
Investigators suspect the lawyer of bribing a police officer for his support in the other fatal car crash in Moscow killing a man.
Media reported that suspect Sergei Obraztsov works for "Trunov, Aivar & partners law firm. However Igor Trunov has denied the allegation.
A car crash involving a LUKOIL vice president's Мercedes S500, occurred on February 25, 2010, in Moscow. The car crash killed a well-known gynecologist, Vera Sidelnikova, and her daughter-in-law, Olga Alexandrina, also a doctor. The LUKOIL vice president was slightly injured. The crash sparked a public outrage as many believed the LUKOIL top manager was responsible for the accident.
However, investigators concluded that Alexandrina caused the crash and later closed the case due to the defendant's death.
The relatives opposed the case termination and went to the Constitutional Court. The Court decided that recognizing the deceased as guilty contradicts the presumption of innocence and ruled that the relatives of the deceased are entitled to insist on their vindication and object to case closure.
The Supreme Court also held against the case termination. Investigative authorities resumed pre-trial investigation on July 28.