BIG YUKOS HOLDER ARREST WARRANTED, COURT DISMISSES APPEAL

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MOSCOW, September 9 (RIA Novosti) - Leonid Nevzlin, one of the biggest stockholders of the controversial Yukos petroleum mammoth, and once Russian State Humanitarian University Rector, is suspected of murder plots. Moscow's Basmanny district court warranted his arrest, July, on an application of the federal top prosecutor's office. Its experts accuse him of a masterminded murder and plotting several attempted murders.

In today's session, the Moscow city court dismissed his lawyers' appeal. On the federal "wanted" list, Nevzlin is presumably in Israel.

Yukos directors' board member and first deputy board chair of an affiliated Yukos-Moscow Co., Leonid Nevzlin plotted with one Pichugin, chief of Yukos home and economic security, to kill several persons who threatened the Yukos and the plotters. On every instance, Nevzlin made express orders to Pichugin to arrange the murders. Investigators have sufficient direct evidence and other proof of their suspicions, the Prosecutor General's office says in a statement.

Accused of grave crimes, Nevzlin is away from his registered residence, and has been entered on the federal and international "wanted" lists, say the top prosecutor's men.

The court warranted his arrest, January last, on suspected private tax evasion and misappropriating property in his custody. The top prosecutor's experts evaluate his back taxes at 27 million roubles, roughly $900,000, and embezzlement at 3.3 billion roubles.

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