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29 ноября 2007, 21:30

Court Rules to Leave Mayor Nikolayev in Custody

The Leninskiy District Court of Vladivostok has extended the period under custody for the temporarily dismissed Mayor of Vladivostok

VLADIVOSTOK, November 29, vladivostoktimes.com Yesterday the Leninskiy District Court of Vladivostok has extended the period under custody for the Mayor of Vladivostok Vladimir NIKOLAYEV, whose term in office is suspended, for the time of the court hearings. The next hearing of this criminal case is due to be held on December 7, RIA PrimaMedia reports.

Mr. NIKOLAYEV attended the hearings yesterday; he was convoyed hand-cuffed.

The Prosecutor moved the court to extend his period in custody on the grounds that the Mayor, once released from the detention facility, might escape. The court granted the motion.

According to a well informed source of RIA PrimaMedia, earlier the Mayor's lawyers pleaded with the court to change the restraints: from detention to cognizance not to leave the city.

On November 18 the Deputy RF Prosecutor General in the Far Eastern Federal District Yuri GULYAGIN approved the bill of indictment for the criminal case against Mr. NIKOLAYEV, Mr. GULYAGIN's assistant Ms. Raisa NUDMAN reported on Monday to RIA Novosti.

"The criminal case of NIKOLAYEV was submitted to the Leninskiy District Court of Vladivostok for trial on the merits," she said. Mr. NIKOLAYEV is accused of crimes stipulated in the second part of Article 285 (Abuse of Official Powers) and the second part of Article 286 (Exceeding Official Powers) of the RF Criminal Code.

At the hearings the Mayor repeatedly claims that he has not breached any laws. In the opinion of his lawyers, the accused is being held in custody due to numerous faults of the investigation.

On February 28 the Leninskiy District Court of Vladivostok suspended the tenure of Vladimir NIKOLAYEV as the Mayor of Vladivostok. In March the Court ruled to arrest Mr. NIKOLAYEV. On March 6 he was arrested in Moscow and delivered to Vladivostok under guard. The court has granted the motions to extend the period in custody three times.