MOSCOW, November 13 - RAPSI. Platon Lebedev has requested that the Constitutional Court and the upper house of parliament probe the Prosecutor General Office's failure to adhere to the Constitutional Court's rulings, according to a spokesperson for Lebedev and his former business partner Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
The statement was published by Lebedev's attorney Vladimir Krasnov. It stresses that the prosecutor's office has ignored a number of the court's rulings. Particularly, the attorney said prosecutors have failed to take into account a resolution prohibiting courts from imposing rulings on arresting defendants in absentia.
The attorney also believes that the position taken by the prosecutor's office while considering Lebedev's motion to reduce his imprisonment term violated the Constitutional Court's rulings.
"Prosecutors of all levels have systematically demonstrated their scornful attitude toward the Constitutional Court's rulings without being punished," Krasnov said.
In his application to the Federation Council, which was also published on the website, the attorney asked the senators to examine the incidents and to assess Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika's actions.
In 2005, former YUKOS head Khodorkovsky and Lebedev were sentenced to eight years in prison for fraud and tax evasion.
In late 2010, a Moscow district court sentenced them to 14 years in prison for oil theft and money laundering. They were expected to be released in 2017, considering the time they had already served for their previous convictions from their first trial. However, the Moscow City Court reduced their sentences by one year in May 2011.
Khodorkovsky is serving his sentence in the Segezha prison, while Lebedev is serving his sentence in Velsk.