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Nov 9, 2021
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The court left Furgala in jail until December 7

The first appellate court of general jurisdiction recognized the decision to extend the term of arrest to the ex-governor of the Khabarovsk Territory Sergei Furgal, accused of organizing the murders, until December 7, RIA Novosti reports, citing the press service of the court.

Thus, the judicial authority dismissed the appeal of the lawyers, who asked for a softer measure of restraint for their client.

Now the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation is deciding which court to send Furgal’s case to for consideration on the merits. Previously, it was planned that the Khabarovsk Railway Court would consider it, but the prosecutor’s office insisted on changing the jurisdiction, stating that Furgal, with the help of his connections, could put pressure on the court and public opinion. The prosecutor also pointed to the unrest in Khabarovsk, provoked by the detention of the head of the region.

The defense insisted on considering the case in the regional center, arguing that the professionalism of local judges and law enforcement officers would not allow them to show bias against the ex-governor.

According to investigators, Furgal and Nikolai Mistryukov created an organized group in 2004 to kill competitors.

Furgal was detained in July 2020, he does not admit his guilt. Earlier, the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Russian Federation proposed to try him in the Moscow region.

It was also reported that the politician declared his innocence in the crimes in a new case related to the Amurstal plant.

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