Berezovsky and Abramovich's QC find common language in High Court
LONDON, October 11 - RAPSI, Vladimir Yaduta. Boris Berezovsky, the exiled Russian oligarch, and Jonathan Sumption, QC for Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich, have finally managed to settle the terms and find a common language over a $5.5 billion lawsuit heard by the High Court of Justice in London, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reported.
Abramovich's lawyer continued to question Berezovsky on Monday. Speaking about the funds which the Chelsea owner or his companies occasionally transferred to Berezovsky, the lawyer said that Berezovsky "claimed" money. However, the businessman flatly denied the statement and said that he never "claimed" anything from Abramovich.
Finally, the lawyer restated his question and found the proper words, saying that Berezovsky "desired for money."
During the Monday hearing Berezovsky said again that his former business partner abused his trust and "conned" him. When answering the lawyer's question what "to con" means Berezovsky said that "this is exactly what he did to me."
The court started hearing Berezovsky's $5.5 billion lawsuit against Roman Abramovich on October 3. Berezovsky seeks compensation for some assets he was forced to sell to Abramovich between 2000 and 2003. Berezovsky claims in his lawsuit that Abramovich intimidated him and his business partner Badri Patarkatsishvili into selling a number of assets including a 43 percent interest in Sibneft, a major Russian oil company, and a stake in the aluminum group Rusal, at a fraction of their value.