Kerimov may be sentenced to up to 10 years in Belarus

Belarus Investigative Committee has started a criminal case against Uralkali shareholder Suleiman Kerimov as part of the criminal inquiry relating to Belarusian Potash Company (BPC)'s executives, the Belarusian Investigative Committee's spokesman told Interfax.

Belarus Investigative Committee has started a criminal case against Uralkali key shareholder Suleiman Kerimov as part of the criminal inquiry relating to Belarusian Potash Company (BPC)'s executives, the Belarusian Investigative Committee's spokesman told Interfax.

"An order to detain Kerimov and place him on the national and Interpol's most wanted lists has been issued," he said.

Kerimov may face up to 10 years in prison, the Investigative Committee told.

"The investigation has qualified the actions of Suleiman Kerimov as organizing acts of abuse of office and power [p. 4 of Article 16 and p. 3 of Article 424 of the Criminal Code of Belarus]. The maximum punishment stipulated by the article is 10 years of confinement with the confiscation of property," the Investigative Committee stated.

The Investigative Committee is determined to summarize its findings concerning "the criminal deeds" of Kerimov, and send them to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, a newsletter of the Investigative Committee received by Interfax on Monday says.

"In the course of the criminal investigation investigators, along with facts of damage inflicted on Belarus, collected numerous documents proving that Kerimov, Vladislav Baumgertner and other defendants committed actions that caused considerable damage to the Russian Federation and contained evidence of offenses punishable by Russian criminal legislation," the newsletter says.

Therefore, considering the interests of the Russian side, the Investigative Committee is analyzing and summing up the said materials with the purpose of sending them to the Russian Prosecutor General's Office, the newsletter says.

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