Supreme Court to review Duma decision to strip Communist MP of immunity
MOSCOW, September 28 - RAPSI. The Supreme Court has set November 8 for the hearing of former parliamentarian and Communist Party member Vladimir Bessonov's dispute against the State Duma's resolution to strip him of his deputy mandate, the court's website reported.
The site states that proceedings for Bessonov's claim to revoke the resolution of July 6, 2012 began on September 26.
Bessonov holds that both the content and the procedure for the adoption of the corresponding resolution by the State Duma contradict the Russian Constitution.
The statement on the court's website goes on to say that Bessonov's representative had previously filed appeals with the Investigative Committee's department for the Rostov Region, demanding the removal of the investigator prosecuting the case against Bessonov, which began after the rallies in Rostov-on-Don. Bessonov also contested the validity of the case initiated against him with the Prosecutor General's Office.
Investigators believe that Bessonov organized an unauthorized rally on December 2, 2011 in Rostov-on-Don. When police officers asked the organizers to end the rally, Bessonov and his colleagues refused. Allegedly, the protesters then attacked the officers when they attempted to turn off the speakers.
The Investigative Committee forwarded the case against Bessonov to the Rostov Regional Investigative Department. The State Duma then deprived Bessonov of his political immunity and consented for a criminal case to be opened against him on July 6.
Bessonov has pleaded not guilty and said he is determined to bring the Rostov police officers to responsibility, who, he believes, abused their power. Furthermore, Bessonov has said that the vote to strip him of his immunity was held with violations.