The French court presented Suleyman Kerimov with a charge of money laundering and tax evasion. As reported by Reuters referring to the data of the Prosecutor's Office, a member of the Federation Council Suleiman Kerimov is charged with laundering money hidden in evading taxes. The French court decided not to detain member of the Federation Council Suleiman Kerimov, told RIA Novosti referring to the prosecutor of Nice, Jean-Michel Pratra. However, he will have to pass a Russian passport, not to leave France until the investigation is completed and every week to come to the police.
Kerimov will be required to pay a bail of 5 million euros. The prosecutor of Nice, Jean-Michel Pratr, confirmed the charges against Kerimov to the TASS agency.
Senator Suleiman Kerimov will not be put in jail, however he must appear to the police every week after being charged with money laundering
Reuters points out that, in accordance with French law, Kerimov has since been a figurant of the case. In fact, this means that in the future he can appear before the court, although this does not always happen.
Suleiman Kerimov was detained on Monday evening, November 20, in the arrival hall of Nice airport, after which he was escorted to the police station. The senator was detained for interrogation in a case involving tax evasion, Reuters reported citing the French prosecutor's office.
In the evening of November 22, Kerimov was taken to the court of Nice, where he talked with the judicial investigator for several hours.
In addition to the Russian senator in France, four others were taken into custody. This was reported on Wednesday by the French edition of Le Figaro with reference to a source close to the investigation. The same source told the publication that Kerimov is charged with "laundering money obtained through tax fraud committed by an organized group," to the amount that can reach "several tens of millions of euros."