MOSCOW, September 15 (RAPSI) – The Russian Justice Ministry on Tuesday submitted to the North Ossetian law chamber a disbarment plea against lawyer Elman Pashayev over professional misconduct during the trial of actor Mikhail Efremov.

The Ministry also urges to open disciplinary proceedings against lawyer for the case victims Alexander Dobrovinsky, RAPSI was told in the authority’s press service.

The Justice Ministry says that its pleas are related to public statements of the attorneys during the court proceedings against Efremov. The statements, according to the authority, contain signs of violation of the Federal law "On Legal Practice and Advocacy in the Russian Federation" and the Code of Legal Ethics, demonstrate disregard of the legal profession rules and show disregard of the corporate ethics, discipline and morality.

According to the Federal Chamber of Lawyers, the North Ossetian bar association will hear a disciplinary case against Pashayev on September 18.  The Moscow law chamber has adjourned a case against Dobrovinsky upon his request.

On September 8, actor Efremov received 8 years in penal colony for and was banned from driving for three years. The Presnensky District Court of Moscow however returned him his broken Jeep. The court found that victim Sergey Zakharov was killed in the accident due to the defendant's driving behaviour. After the conviction the defendant waived the services of Pashayev.