Upward 200 witnesses in case of Khrapunov
The court rejected the lawyers' request to stop the criminal case in view of the expiration of the statute of limitations.
A judge of the specialized inter-district criminal court of Almaty, during the preliminary hearing, delivered a ruling against the defendants in the Khrapunov case, BNews.kz correspondent reports.
In words of the judge Kasym Kalmagambetov, the lawyers' request to stop the criminal case in view of the expiration of the statute of limitations was rejected. The Khrapunovs’ and brother of Leila Khrapunova Ayar Ilyasov was assigned a measure of detention for the duration of the trial. The remaining defendants are assigned a written undertaking not to leave the place.
The judge added that there are 212 witnesses in the case, the number of cases is about 400.
The main trial is scheduled for August 6, 7, 8, the process is open.
Earlier during preliminary hearings on the case of embezzlement against the Khrapunov’ couple and the other 10 persons. Some defendants partially admitted their guilt. The lawyer asked the court to release him from criminal liability because of the expiration of the statute of limitations.
To recap, the defendants are accused of embezzlement of state property, fraud, abuse of official powers, receiving bribes and legalizing stolen property committed by an organized criminal group. Caused damage to the state exceeds 250 million dollars.
The trial will be held in absentia over Victor and Leyla Khrapunov, as well as their relative Aiyar Ilyasov. All three did not appear at the hearing.