MOSCOW, July 4 - RAPSI. The Investigative Committee has completed the investigation into the criminal case of former YUKOS shareholder Leonid Nevzlin on charges of misappropriating shares, Investigative Committee official spokesperson Vladimir Markin told journalists on Wednesday.

"The investigators have gathered sufficient evidence and the case has been submitted to court for trial in the defendant's absence, as he has been placed on the international wanted list," he said. Nevzlin was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in absentia and fled to Israel.

Markin said Nevzlin misappropriated 38 percent of the shares in Tomskneft, the Achinsky Refinery and other companies as part of an organized crime group in 1998. The shares were then contributed to the VNK (Eastern Oil Company) charter capital. The shares were worth more than 3 billion rubles ($93.03 million). Major YUKOS shareholders

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, Platon Lebedev and YUKOS EP Executive Manager Ramil Burganov were earlier convicted in the case.

In 2003, Nevzlin served as the rector of the Russian State Humanitarian University. The same year, he left for Israel when the YUKOS case opened and received Israeli citizenship.