MOSCOW, October 17 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has dismissed 23 appeals filed against detention of attorney Dagir Khasavov accused of obstruction of justice until November 16, a RAPSI correspondent has reported.

The appeals have been lodged by Khasavov and nearly 20 attorneys defending him. However, the court has not considered the large number of lawyers as abuse of the right to defense.

The defendant stands charged with obstruction of justice and graft or compulsion of evidence or avoidance of giving testimony.

His prosecution is connected with a criminal case against Deputy Prime Minister of Russia’s Republic of Dagestan Rayudin Yusufov. According to investigators, he threatened a witness of prosecution on social media inducing him to change testimony in court.

Khasavov was arrested on September 17 in the building of Moscow’s Lefortovsky District Court.