A judge in Monaco is proving unfriendly to Dimtri Rybolovlev, according to the Swiss news site, Bilan. They report that a July hearing in Rybolovlev’s case against Yves Bouvier was uncomfortable for the Russian expatriate. The judge asked a number of questions based upon documents submitted in the case.
Among the questions were whether Rybolovlev had standing in the case having previously denied ownership of the works through shell companies; whether documents showing other, less important, consultants being paid greater fees than Bouvier negated Rybolovlev’s claims to have had an oral agreement with Bouvier; and, most important, whether the authorities in Monaco were being directed by Rybolovlev’s own lawyer when they arrested Bouvier:
On 12 July 2017, Investigating Judge Morgan Raymond asked Dmitri Rybolovlev the following question: “Yves Bouvier was arrested the day after dinner, on 25 February 2015, while he was going to your home. How did the police know that Yves Bouvier was in Monegasque territory on that date? “. An embarrassed reply from the oligarch: “He was to meet me. I do not know how the police were informed of his coming. ” The problem is that justice knows the truth. She seized the mobile phone of Tetiania Bersheda, the lawyer of Dmitri Rybolovlev, and recovered, thanks to an expert, thousands of texts erased.