Moscow Region district ex-head’s appeal against detention adjourned till late July
MOSCOW, July 25 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court on Thursday postponed an appeal hearing on the extension of detention of ex-head of the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov District Alexander Shestun charged with fraud and bribery until July 30, RAPSI reports from the courtroom.
The hearing was adjourned because of the defendant’s poor health and his absence in the court.
In early June, the court extended detention of Shestun until September 13.
In April, the Krasnogorsk City Court in the Moscow Region forfeited 10-billion-ruble ($150 million) worth assets owned by Shestun to the state. The court therefore granted a motion lodged by the Prosecutor General’s Office to seize more than 670 real estate items in the Moscow Region’s Serpukhov district and 22 cars. This property status does not correspond to his income, prosecutors stated.
Shestun has registered his property in the name of his relatives or trustees to evade declaration and suppression of his actual material position. Some property items have been sold, and the funds received have been converted to his own use or the use of his cronies, according to the prosecution.
On January 18, the Investigative Committee reported that investigators received evidence that Shestun owned land plots worth 2.2 billion rubles ($33 million) aside from other assets found earlier.
According to case papers, between 2008 and 2014, the Serpukhov District administration headed by Shestun illegally transferred four land plots in a local village to the company Center. Damage caused by these actions was estimated at 62 million rubles (about $925,000), investigators claim. He pleaded not guilty.