Polonsky Freed but Still Faces Problems in Cambodia and Russia
- The Moscow Times
- Apr. 04 2013 00:00
- Last edited 10:10
Property magnate Sergei Polonsky walked free fromáa Cambodian jail onáWednesday after posting aá$50,000 bail andápromising not toáleave theácountry, his lawyer said.
Polonsky, who was detained Dec. 30 onáallegations ofáattacking Cambodian sailors onáa cruise, may be cleared ofáall charges as early as next week, his lawyer Alexander Dobrovinsky said.
"I think that theácourt will convene foráa one-day hearing no earlier than next week," he told Interfax. "I hope that theácase will be closed because there are no victims andáno complaints."
Polonsky, one ofáRussia's wealthiest businessmen before theá2008 financial crisis, faces three years ináprison if convicted ofáattacking andáillegally detaining Cambodian sailors atáknifepoint during aácruise trip fromáan island toáthe mainland. Theásailors withdrew their police complaint onáJan. 14 amid reports that they had reached aácompensation agreement with Polonsky.
Dobrovinsky said Polonsky would stay atáhis private villa onáone ofáCambodia's islands while he waits foráthe court's next decision. "It's aáwonderful place. He'll rest there," he said.
Last month, Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov met with Cambodia's ambassador toáMoscow toáask foráan "objective, unemotional investigation" intoáPolonsky's case.
Even if Polonsky is cleared in Cambodia, he faces legal troubles back at home. Home buyers of the unfinished Kutuzovskaya Milya apartment complex urged Russian investigators Wednesday to question Polonsky upon his return from Cambodia.
"We welcome the decision of the Cambodian authorities to free Polonsky from custody, and we believe that there are no obstacles now to prevent him from being questioned by Russian investigators in connection with the fraud case brought by buyers of apartments in the residential complex on Kutuzovsky Prospekt," the home buyers said in a statement carried by Interfax.
The home buyers accuse Polonsky of diverting 6 billion rubles ($200 million) meant for the apartment complex into other real estate projects in 2007 and 2008.