Polonsky, his companions to wait for judge's decision at Cambodian detention center - source
Russian businessman Sergei Polonsky and another two Russians will stay at a detention facility in Cambodia until a Cambodian judge makes a decision, an informed source told Interfax in Cambodia on Thursday.
"Polonsky, Karachinsky and Baglay will stay at the detention center of the Sihanoukville city prison. The investigating judge, Sar Lina, refused to name the date of the hearing," he said.
Meanwhile, British businessman and Polonsky's friend Sergei Vladi refused to comment on rumors about seven complaints allegedly filed by prison personnel over Polonsky's harsh treatment of other inmates in his cell and his bitter criticism of the judge at a court hearing the day before.
"I have no such information," Vladi said.
He replied that no bribes were offered to an Interfax question whether media suspicions about attempts of the Russian side to bribe the judge were founded.
"I have been living and working in the European legal space for 20 years and I value my reputation, so I can guarantee that no bribes have been offered or will be offered," he said.
In his words, the judge has sufficient objective reasons to make a conclusion that the detained Russians are absolutely innocent.
Polonsky, Karachinsky and Baglay were detained in the Cambodian city Sihanoukville on December 31, 2012. They were incarcerated for an indefinite period on charges of violence against local sailors and illegal deprivation of freedom.
The Russians could have been sentenced to three years in prison for deliberate health damage and illegal deprivation of freedom.
It was reported on January 11 that the defense of Polonsky had reached an agreement with the plaintiffs and agreed on the payment of compensation, and the Cambodian sailors withdrew their statements on January 14.
Yet the Cambodian judge returned the three Russians to the detention center on Jan. 16.