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Frenkel in court on January 12 (ITAR-TASS)
January 15, 2007 -- A Moscow court has approved the arrest of a businessman suspected of ordering the murder of Russian Central Bank Deputy Chairman Andrei Kozlov.
The court ruled today that Aleksei Frenkel, who was detained on January 11, can be kept in custody, saying he might go into hiding or pressure witnesses if released.
Frenkel has protested his innocence and his lawyer, Igor Trunov, said he would appeal.
"We think the court decision is groundless, and we will appeal within three days at Moscow's City Court," Trunov said. "There is no reason for the case as no real evidence was presented to court. We have heard only baseless charges that he [Frenkel] plans to disappear, and that he plans to continue his criminal activities. So this is why we plan to appeal the [court] decision."
Frenkel was the director of a private bank that Kozlov shut down three months before he was shot dead as he left a soccer game in Moscow last September.
The same court on January 12 approved the arrest of another suspect, Liana Askerova.
Kozlov actively campaigned against corrution and money laundering in Russia's banking system.