The lawyer of the Russian actor Mikhail Yefremov Elman Pashayev said the TV channel “Russia 24” on 6 July that collected enough evidence of innocence of his client in a fatal accident in Moscow.
“In the time of the accident Efremov remembered nothing. You know, he was drunk – said Pa ashaev. – I gathered enough evidence of his innocence. So I talked to him, I was convinced: let’s wait [with the plea], the blame is always to recognize in time”.
The lawyer stressed that the refusal of admission of guilt was his idea.
“If we understand in courtthat our arguments are unfounded and have no legal force, of course, we will plead guilty and will apologize,” he said.
In comments to the TV channel “Russia 1” Pthe ashaev said that he Yefremov still feel guilty.
“He remembers nothing… Even now when talks to me, he says: “I still feel guilty”. It was my position [to change the line protection], let’s wait for court,” said the lawyer.
July 6, the Moscow police announcedthat investigators completed the investigation of the criminal case against Ephraim.
Pashayev said the Agency “Moscow”that the actor was charged in the final version. He is charged with part 4 of article 264 of the Criminal code (violation of traffic rules and operation of vehicles, entailed on imprudence death of the person, committed by a person in a state of intoxication). Ephraim threatens from five till 12 years of imprisonment.
56-year-old Efremov provoked a traffic accident in Central Moscow on the evening of 8 June: Smolenskaya square, he was behind the wheel of a Jeep Grand Cherokee drove into the oncoming lane and collided with a van “Lada”. The driver of the van, Sergey Zakharov from his injuries later died in hospital.
Immediately after the accident in the Russian police said that, according to the examination, Efremov sat behind the wheel in an alcohol intoxication. 9 June, the Russian media reportedthat the actor tests found traces of cocaine and cannabinoids. 10 June in the Moscow Prosecutor’s office confirmed that at the time of the accident Efremov was able to not only alcohol, but drugs.
On 9 June, the Tagansky district court of Moscow chose Yefremov the measure of restraint in the form of house arrest for two months. Russian media reported that during the meeting on election of a measure of restraint Efremov nodded in response to the question, whether he acknowledges guilt for an accident.
June 12, Efremov recorded a video messagein which he asked forgiveness for an accident. He, in particular, stated that he would not “COP out” from responsibility with the help of friends.
“And how can we beat the rap when everyone saw… and I saw, when I slept in and recovered from the shock. Thank God my mother did not see. It’s not a movie. Ago has nothing to rewind. The end. There is no longer any Ephraim. I betrayed everyone. Excuse me, please,” said the actor.
3 Jul lawyer Pashayev said that his client did not admit guilt in committing the accident. Pashayev says that Efremov “the crime never committed”, but from further declined to comment.