After an extradition of the former employee of Embassy of Russia in Berlin Andrey Kovalchuk it has turned out that the defendant has no nationality. "Have taken the person and have stolen" — the lawyer has said him. But the court hasn't accepted arguments about violations, as well as pledge in 3 million rubles Andrey Kovalchuk. Photo: Stanislav the alleged organizer of illicit delivery from Argentina to Russia of 362 kilograms of cocaine Andrey Kovalchuk Given this summer by Germany was Krasilnikov/TASS the person without citizenship. The scandalous detail has become clear at a meeting of Tverskoy Court of Moscow which has prolonged to the person involved arrest term till December 1. The defender of the defendant Vladimir Zherebenkov has reported violation of the law and has predicted "the international scandal". Reporters have seen the main person involved in a high-profile case today for the first time. Tverskoy Court of the capital has in absentia taken into custody still on January 17 the former employee of Embassy of Russia in Berlin. And on March 1 in Germany Kovalchuk has been detained by the staff of the Interpol. The 49-year-old person involved has spent five months in one their most known prisons of the world "Moabit", expecting the decision on an extradition until on July 27 he was given to Russia. The defendant was obviously not eager to communicate with the press. When TV men have come into the hall, it has turned to them a back. When found out data on the personality, Kovalchuk has reported that has secondary technical education, I was born in Ukraine and earlier I was a citizen of the USSR. Recently he lived in Berlin where he "was engaged in teaching activity". The defendant admitted that he doesn't know now what nationality at him. "That is you person without citizenship?" — the judge has specified. "They say, yes. I from lawyers have learned it" — Kovalchuk has told. The head of the investigation team colonel of justice Alexander Zabrodin in the petition asked to prolong to the person involved arrest term taking into account time spent in the foreign pre-trial detention center up to 9 months, that is till December 1, 2018. Particularly complex del the document which was read by the judge Anatoly Belyakov the investigator referred to the fact that legal investigation represents special complexity. The investigation, in particular, should interrogate not less than 20 witnesses, to finish survey of material evidences, to receive results of judicial examinations and also to send the international inquiries to Germany. The representative of Investigative department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs motivated need of further keeping of the defendant for the pre-trial detention center with Kovalchuk's possibility to disappear. In the petition it was emphasized that the arrested has acquaintances abroad, and all his accomplices are still not established and are outside Russia. In this regard there is a risk that, being at large, the person involved will continue to be engaged in criminal activity, will destroy proofs or "otherwise will prevent establishment of the truth on business". Besides the person involved is accused of especially serious crime for which punishment for a period of up to 20 years is prescribed. "Kovalchuk's participation in the incriminated crime is confirmed by interrogations of witnesses, results of investigation and search operations, the conclusions of examinations, protocols a sledstvo
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