Russian tycoon placed under investigation in France
Russian tycoon placed under investigation in France
Senator Kerimov denies French authorities' charges
24 November, 2017, 01:04
The investigation, a step that often but not always leads to a trial in the French legal system, was opened on suspicion of aggravated laundering of tax fraud proceeds, a crime that carries a prison sentence of up to 10 years.
Tycoon Suleiman Kerimov watches a soccer match between Anzhi and Spartak in Moscow on April 22, 2012.
The Russian foreign ministry has sent a note of protest to the French authorities arguing that as a high-ranking official Mr Kerimov has immunity from prosecution overseas, according to Konstantin Kosachyov, head of the foreign affairs committee in the upper house of parliament. Polyus also declined to comment.
The BBC cited Russian state news channel Rossiya 24 as reporting that Kerimov denied wrongdoing. It was not immediately clear if a lawyer had been hired to represent Kerimov in France. The arrest, the Russian Foreign Ministry said, violated the protection from "coercive actions" he enjoys as a Russian senator from the Republic of Dagestan.
"I confirm that (the charg d'affaires Paul-Bertrand Barets) was summoned", the Russian Foreign Ministry's press service told AFP today.
Listed by Forbes magazine as Russia's 21st richest person with an estimated net worth of $6.3 billion (5.4 billion euros), Kerimov made his fortune during the privatisations that followed the break-up of the Soviet Union.
In the past, he has held shares in the world's largest potash producer Uralkali and controlled Dagestani football club Anzhi Makhachkala but later sold most of his shares.
Kerimov was arrested upon his arrival at the French Riviera resort's airport on Monday night.
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