As Kommersant learned, the defense of the deputy chief of the General Staff — the chief of the main communications department of the armed forces of the Armed Forces of Russia Khalil Arslanov, accused of embezzlement of 6.7 billion rubles, appealed the decision of the 235th garrison military court. Last Friday, he extended the arrest of Colonel General until June 6.
Having studied the relevant ruling of the garrison court “in aggregate” with the materials of the investigation, Colonel General Anton Antonov, the lawyer, considered that the judicial act was drawn up “with a substantial violation of the criminal procedure law” and does not correspond to the actual circumstances of the case.
The court of first instance, making a decision to extend the period of detention of Colonel-General Arslanov for two months, the lawyer notes, did not give an assessment of the arguments and evidence of the defense.
Since the arrest of the deputy chief of the General Staff in February of this year, an outbreak of the disease caused by the coronavirus COVID-19 has been declared a pandemic by the WHO. In turn, the Russian authorities entrusted citizens, especially those suffering from chronic diseases, with the obligation to comply with the regime of self-isolation.
A general suffering from such diseases, who was still prescribed to have free surgery for a neoplasm in the liver, in a pre-trial detention center cannot even undergo an examination - magnetic resonance imaging. Moreover, his condition deteriorated sharply. Moreover, according to the defense, Khalil Arslanov “belongs to the category of persons most at risk of coronavirus disease”. Nobody can guarantee him the preservation of life and health in the pre-trial detention center, since behind the bars he does not have disposable masks, disinfectants and food containing the necessary amount of vitamins to maintain weakened immunity. Thus, the defense believes that there is sufficient reason to assert that there is a real threat to the life and health of Colonel General Arslanov when he is further detained in the Matrosskaya Tishina special unit, also known as the Kremlin Central.
The defense also found arguments on the merits. So, for example, in a decision to initiate a request to extend the detention of Khalil Arslanov on March 25, the investigator of the GVSU SKR did not provide information about the investigative and other procedural actions carried out in the period after the general’s initial arrest. According to the lawyer Antonov, the investigator cited only those circumstances on the basis of which the preventive measure was changed in respect of the deputy chief of the General Staff with a written undertaking not to leave the house and sentenced to jail. The defense believes that there were no new circumstances confirming the validity of the extension of the arrest period, but was not given in the application and the court hearing. The lawyer asks the 2nd Western District Military Court to change the preventive measure to Colonel General for house arrest. When the appellate court will consider the complaint, it is not yet known.