Abramovich's attorney called Berezovsky liar and his lawsuit nonsense
LONDON, October 12 - RAPSI, Vladimir Yaduta. Jonathan Sumption, QC for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, who is a defendant in Boris Berezovsky's lawsuit worth $5.5 billion, told at the Tuesday hearings that part of Berezovsky's claims is farfetched, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported from the court.
Sumption said that Berezovsky made up the story about pressure and threatening, having linked it with a meeting with Abramovich at Cap D'Antibes. Sumption called Berezovsky's story a nonsense.
On Tuesday he went on interrogating Berezovsky, who filed a lawsuit, dealing with the sale of a number of Russian assets, in 2007.
Berezovsky claims in his lawsuit that Abramovich intimidated him and his business partner Badri Patarkatsishvili into selling a number of assets including a 43-percent stake in Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, and a stake in the Rusal aluminum group for significantly less than their value.
Replying to Sumption's suggestions that part of his claims do not correspond to the facts, Berezovsky said that he does not agree with the attorney's logics and conclusions he makes.
In particular, Berezovksy wondered how stupid must he have been to sell "good guy" Abramovich a stake in Sibneft, he and Patriashvili owned, for $1.3 billion without any threats and pressure by Abramovich.
Abramovich further sold the same stake for $13 billion, Berezovsky reminded.