MOSCOW, October 28 (RAPSI, Lyudmila Klenko) – Prosecutors have filed an appeal against a court ruling granting parole for MMA fighter Alexander Emelianenko convicted of sexual assault, RAPSI learnt from press office of the Borisoglebsky City Court in the Voronezh region on Friday.

Prosecution appealed the ruling on the last day of lodging a complaint. The Chief Assistant Prosecutor of the Borisoglebsk Interdistrict Prosecutor’s Office in his appeal claimed that the court had incorrectly practiced the substantive law during replacement of prison sentence for corrective labor for a period exceeding 2 years, the statement reads.

Thus, the appeal will be considered by the Voronezh Regional Court.
Emelianenko could be released from prison today, if prosecutors do not appeal the decision on parole.

In May 2015, the Simonovsky District Court of Moscow convicted Emelianenko and imposed a 50,000-ruble ($803) fine on him.

According to investigators, Emelianenko assaulted and raped his housekeeper Polina Stepanova on the night of March 2, 2014, and then seized her passport.

Emelianenko pleaded not guilty and claimed that sex with the girl was consensual.

Alexander Emelianenko is a Russian mixed martial arts fighter who has represented the country at many international championships. He ranked as the No.73 heavyweight in the world in 2013. His younger brother Fedor Emelianenko is believed to be the greatest mixed martial arts fighter in history.

Unlike his brother, Alexander is often implicated in scandals, usually as a result of alleged heavy drinking. Earlier, he was charged with assaulting a retired person at a Moscow café. The criminal case against Emelianenko was dropped after a settlement had been reached.