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Russia: Street-racer Kituashvili’s lawyer demands his release after fraud arrest02:33

Russia: Street-racer Kituashvili’s lawyer demands his release after fraud arrest

Russian Federation, Moscow
February 29, 2016 at 08:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Following the arrest of Russian street-racer Erik Kituashvili, his lawyer Sergei Zhorin called for the suspect's release during a press conference in Moscow, Monday.

Speaking alongside fellow lawyer Aleksei Karabaev and leader of the Civil Law Movement Pavel Pyatnitski, Karabaev claimed that "some high-ranking officials of law enforcement agencies have a personal dislike for Erik." He continued by saying that the man was detained "contrary to the established rules of Article 108 of the Criminal Code, which states that detention is not used in case of economic crimes."

Zhorin said the "statute of limitations period has expired. The police have no right to initiate a criminal case after that period has expired." Zhorin argued that if such a case was started then "it has to be stopped immediately" and he has "appealed today [Monday] to the Prosecutor of the City of Moscow."

Kituashvili is being accused of so-called insurance fraud. According to law enforcement officials, the street-racer, accompanied by several unindentified persons, submitted false documents to insuarance companies after staging the theft of an expensive foreign car in north-eastern Moscow in 2008. Later they received 1,35 million rubles ($18,000, €16,500) as an insurance payout to an alleged false bank account. He will stay in custody until April 20 while the investigation is underway.

Russia: Street-racer Kituashvili’s lawyer demands his release after fraud arrest02:33
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Following the arrest of Russian street-racer Erik Kituashvili, his lawyer Sergei Zhorin called for the suspect's release during a press conference in Moscow, Monday.

Speaking alongside fellow lawyer Aleksei Karabaev and leader of the Civil Law Movement Pavel Pyatnitski, Karabaev claimed that "some high-ranking officials of law enforcement agencies have a personal dislike for Erik." He continued by saying that the man was detained "contrary to the established rules of Article 108 of the Criminal Code, which states that detention is not used in case of economic crimes."

Zhorin said the "statute of limitations period has expired. The police have no right to initiate a criminal case after that period has expired." Zhorin argued that if such a case was started then "it has to be stopped immediately" and he has "appealed today [Monday] to the Prosecutor of the City of Moscow."

Kituashvili is being accused of so-called insurance fraud. According to law enforcement officials, the street-racer, accompanied by several unindentified persons, submitted false documents to insuarance companies after staging the theft of an expensive foreign car in north-eastern Moscow in 2008. Later they received 1,35 million rubles ($18,000, €16,500) as an insurance payout to an alleged false bank account. He will stay in custody until April 20 while the investigation is underway.

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