LEVON HAYRAPETYAN’S LAWYER INTENDS TO APPEAL AGAINST HIS ARREST
The defense lawyer of prominent businessman Levon Hayrapetyan who was
arrested on suspicion of embezzlement and money laundering intends
to appeal against the measure of restraint chosen for him, lawyer
Ruben Markaryan told RIA Novosti.
Judge of Moscow’s Basmanny court Natalia Mushnikova on Thursday sent
Hayrapetyan into an investigative isolation ward. She accepted the
investigator’s arguments that the businessman has the opportunity
to hide from law enforcers, put pressure on witnesses, and destroy
“In our appeal, we will indicate a number of points, particularly the
fact that Hayrapetyan was engaged in entrepreneurial activity so he
was not subject to arrest,” the lawyer said.
Under President Dmitry Medvedev, amendments prohibiting detention of
persons who committed economic crimes during their entrepreneurial
activities were made to the Criminal Procedure Code. Media reported
that this ban has been repeatedly violated since then.
In the opinion of Markaryan, the court also ignored the fact that
Hayrapetyan suffers from several diseases which are on the list of
diseases that bans a person’s imprisonment in an isolation ward.
Investigators suspect L. Hayrapetyan, a Moscow-based wealthy
businessman of Armenian descent, of being connected with the sale
of Bashneft by Ural Rakhimov to Sistema Company in April 2009. The
court earlier ordered to seize Bashneft’s holding of shares worth
300 million rubles as part of the case.
From: A. Papazian