LONDON, January 20 - RAPSI, Vladimir Yaduta. The main phase of the Boris Berezovsky's $5.5 billion lawsuit against Roman Abramovich in London has come to an end. The court is now to examine endless court records, analyze controversial testimonies and pass its judgment, the Russian Legal Information agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) reports.
Representatives of all the parties concerned managed to speak on the last day: Ali Malek, representing Metalloinvest's co-owner Vasily Anisimov in a separate dispute which partly overlaps with this trial, Patarkatsishvili family's attorney Jonathan Adkin and Helen Davis, counsel for Abramovich, instead of Jonathan Sumption who was appointed to the Supreme Court.
The last hearing revealed that the lawyers' mutual attacks may go on endlessly. Mrs Justice Gloster even thanked an attorney for his brief remarks and his client's the neutral position with nothing to add. She has also reminded the other lawyers that she is to study a huge amount of materials.
Berezovsky claims in his lawsuit that Abramovich intimidated him and his partner Badri Patarkatsishvili into selling a number of assets, including a 43-percent stake in Sibneft and a share of the Rusal aluminum group, for significantly less than their value.
Berezovsky alleged that Abramovich abused his confidence.
Abramovich challenged the statement that Berezovsky owned any 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.
Within the next several weeks the parties will supply the judge with their final remarks after which a judgment is to be passed. And no one knows when. An attorney representing a party to the trial told RAPSI that the judge has a lot of time and the decision should not be expected earlier than in April.