Kerimov was accused of France in tax evasion

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything in fotobanka of the Federation Council Suleiman Kerimov. Archival photoKerimov was accused of France in tax evasion© RIA Novosti / Sergey Goneeverything the image Bank

Russian Senator Suleiman Kerimov, who is detained in France, on the night of Thursday charged with tax evasion and money laundering, reported RIA Novosti, the Prosecutor of nice, Jean-Michel Pratt.

«He was charged with tax evasion and laundering of these funds. Now the court will decide on the measure of restraint», — said the Agency interlocutor.

Kerimov was arrested by the French police on Monday in nice. On Wednesday he was taken to court for questioning. According to the procedure, the examining magistrate decides whether to indict the detainee of the charges. Depending on this, the judge chooses a measure of restraint.

«It may be prison, it might just go free. Can set free, but with certain conditions — for example, under a subscription about not departure», — said earlier the Prosecutor RIA Novosti.

The Russian foreign Ministry sent an official note to the French authorities, moreover, to explain the situation to the office was caused by charge d’affaires of France.

Press Secretary of the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that the Senator Kerimov is the bearer of a diplomatic passport, and working for the protection of his interests will continue.

Meanwhile, earlier official representative of the French foreign Ministry said that diplomatic immunity only applies Kerimov for his actions in the framework of formal authority, and whether it is applicable in this case, determine the local court.

Suleiman Kerimov — member of the Federation Council from Dagestan. Engaged in the business, supervises the investment holding company «Nafta Moscow». It is on the 21st place in the rating of the richest businessmen according to Forbes magazine.