Thursday 18 January 2018

Oligarch's witnesses 'not being paid' for evidence

Tom Peck in London

A witness for Boris Berezovsky in his £3.5bn claim against Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich yesterday disputed suggestions he and his wife are being paid to give evidence.

Private client manager Michael Lindley was giving evidence just over a week after his wife Natalia Nosova, deputy general director to Mr Berezovsky at his Russian car dealership Logovaz, admitted in the witness box that she and her husband stood to gain 1pc of any of Mr Berezovsky's recoveries in the action. This may amount to $140m (€98.6m).

Mr Lindley said the money was promised in return for his wife's managerial role in organising Mr Berezovsky's legal proceedings. When asked if he had realised that both he and his wife could be asked to give evidence when the contingency arrangement was made, he said: "It didn't occur to me."

The trial continues. (© Independent News Service)

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