Court postpones lawsuit to reinstate prosecutor involved in gambling scandal
MOSCOW, November 16 - RAPSI. The court failed to make a decision in the lawsuit to reinstate former Moscow Region prosecutor Dmitry Urumov, accused of accepting bribes from the owner of an illegal casino network, his attorney Yuri Mikhaylov told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Wednesday.
Uncovered several months ago, the high-profile illegal casino scandal in the Moscow Region incited a major public uproar. Businessman Ivan Nazarov allegedly operated illegal casinos in 15 towns across Moscow Region. According to law enforcement authorities, several high-ranking officials of prosecutor's offices and the federal Interior Ministry were involved in the casino operation, which generated between $5 million and $10 million in revenue monthly.
Urumov was dismissed for violating the prosecutor's oath following the inspection initiated after the scandal. Urumov's lawyer Yevgenia Mikhaylova said her client considers his dismissal illegal.
The hearings are held behind closed doors. Mikhaylov said after the hearing that several witnesses were interrogated on Wednesday and the court postponed the hearings until December 7.
It was earlier reported that all of the arrested former prosecutors and police officers, apart from Urumov, denied their guilt.