The court in Moscow will announce the verdict Browder 29 Dec

© AFP 2017 / Leon NealФинансист and investor William Browder. Archival photoThe court in Moscow will announce the verdict Browder 29 Dec© 2017 AFP / Leon Neal

. The Tver court of Moscow in absentia on 29 December will announce the verdict to the founder of Hermitage Capital, William Browder, told RIA Novosti his lawyer Alexander Golovin.

«The verdict will be announced on December 29, 12.00» — said Golovin.

According to him, the Prosecutor previously asked in absentia to sentence Browder to nine years of imprisonment and a fine.

«I, in turn, insist on full innocence of the client and ask him to justify,» said the lawyer.

In 2013 Browder was already convicted in absentia by a Russian court to nine years in prison on charges of tax fraud. He asked his lawyers not to participate in the hearings on the new case.

William Browder 1995-2007 was the largest foreign portfolio investor in Russia. In Russia he was sentenced in absentia to nine years in prison in a criminal case of financial fraud. Britain refused to extradite businessman, who returned to the United States, openly criticized Moscow.

Browder is charged with the organization of tax evasion, the organisation of deliberate bankruptcy and attempted failure to perform duties of a tax agent. According to the lawyer, the charges include the episodes with the bankruptcy of the company «Distant steppe» and a conclusion abroad of shares of the company «Gazprom».

The consequence has estimated the General damage from actions of Browder and his business partner Ivan Cherkasov in the case of deliberate bankruptcy and tax crimes in 3.5 billion.

In February, the Tver court of Moscow sanctioned the arrest in absentia Browder and Cherkasov and set a deadline of detention within two months from the date of their transfer to the law enforcement bodies of the Russian Federation in case of extradition or deportation, or from the moment of their actual detention in Russia.

Browder and Cherkasov declared in the international search and living in London.

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