Berezovsky had nothing to do with RUSAL, counsel for Abramovich says
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LONDON, December 21 - RAPSI, Vladimir Yaduta. Exiled oligarch Boris Berezovsky, whose lawsuit against another Russian multibillionaire Roman Abramovich is considered by the High Court of Justice, just could not have any stake in the RUSAL aluminum company, Jonathan Sumption, QC for Abramovich, stated in his concluding remarks on Tuesday, the Russian Legal Information agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) reported.
According to Sumption, Berezovsky has not done anything that would secure a stake in the assets.
The trial began in early October.
Sumption has managed to sum up everything discussed at the 2.5-month trial in a day and a half despite the rumors that he needs not less than four days.
Berezovsky claims in his lawsuit that Roman Abramovich intimidated him and his 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.
Berezovsky alleged that Abramovich abused his confidence.
Abramovich challenged the statement that Berezovsky owned stakes in these companies. Chelsea football club owner said he paid millions of dollars, often in cash, to Berezovsky only for political protection and the payments were effected legally.
Nevertheless, the hearing finished on a brighter note: Lady Justice Elizabeth Gloster wished the Supreme Court appointee Sumption good luck at his new job.
Now, Berezovsky's attorney will take the floor, but no earlier than in January.