Suspect in Hitachi manager kidnapping case to be under arrest until May 11
MOSCOW, March 13 - RAPSI. Moscow's Savyolovsky District Court has extended the arrest of Kirill Ruforny, a suspect in the kidnapping case of a Hitachi manager Yakov Fominykh, until May 11, the court told RAPSI on Wednesday.
Yakov Fominykh, 30, was reported missing on December 11, 2012 after his Audi RS3 was found abandoned outside Moscow.
His body was discovered a day later near a road in the Tver region.
The police detained three suspects on March 5, but the news was reported only on March 7.
Media have reported that the suspect under question, Kirill Ruforny, was detained in Ukraine, his country of citizenship, on March 13. Reports have also circulated that he was arrested in Moscow.
Ruforny and the other four defendants in the case are accused of murder. One of them has been placed in the Butyrka prison isolation ward in December for commiting another crime.
The kidnapping was organized by Andrei Shevyakov, according to investigators.
The suspects say Shevyakov sought to take revenge on Fominykh and to steal his money. The suspects allegedly hit him on the head with brass knuckles and snatched him into an Infiniti on December 11, 2012 on Polina Osipenko Street in Moscow.
According to investigators, the criminals lured Fominykh onto the street by calling the road police and claiming that the manager caused an accident and then fled.
Fominykh was called to the police for questioning, where he was kidnapped by three criminals. He was then taken to the Tver region where another two criminals were waiting. They beat, threatened, and then killed him, investigators say.
Shevyakov has pleaded innocent, while Ruforny has confessed to the crime and agreed to a plea bargain. However, Ruforny has claimed that he and his partners only kidnapped Fominykh off the road and handed him to the other criminals.
The offenders knew nothing about Ruforny's later fate, he said.
Korneyev allegedly supported Ruforny's claims.