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Moscow Trial Over Death Of French Oil Firm's Boss Postponed 


Christophe de Margerie, the late CEO of the French oil group Total (file photo)

Christophe de Margerie, the late CEO of the French oil group Total (file photo)

A Russian court has postponed until July 15 a preliminary hearing on the death of the former boss of the French oil giant Total, who was killed when his jet collided with a snowplow at a Moscow airport.

The postponement came at a session on July 14 when lawyers for the five airport employees who are on trial in the case said that investigators had missed crucial evidence.

Prosecutors said they needed more time to respond to the claims of the defense.

Total chief executive Christophe de Margerie was killed in October 2014 along with three of his air crew when his jet hit the snow plough as it was taking off from Moscow’s Vnukovo airport during the night.

Lawyers for the defense said on July 14 that the investigation had not considered the actions of the flight crew -- including how the pilots should have acted.

Based on reporting by Reuters and AP
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