IT expertise uncovers forgery committed by Spanish police in ‘#Kokorev Case’

| March 13, 2018

Spanish police forged and manipulated documents to justify the 28 months of pre-trial detention for Vladimir Kokorev, his wife and their son. According to a report of a renowned Spanish IT expert, Juan Martos Luque, the supposedly incriminating documents against the entrepreneur of Russian-Jewish origins, were created several months after his arrest, by person or persons identified as DGP – Direccion General de Policia – which coincide with official usernames of computers belonging to Spanish Police Department.  

Vladimir Kokorev

Vladimir Kokorev, his wife and their son were extradited from Panama to Canary Islands (Spain) in October 2015, where, on orders of Spanish judge Ana Isabel de Vega Serrano, they were kept in prison, with no specific charges, indictment, nor date for the trial, under the pretext of “on-going” and “secret” investigations.

The secrecy of investigation (forbidden under the regulations of European Community and Human Rights Treaties, as well by Spanish own laws, ignored by Judge Serrano) was lifted 18 months later, in February 2017, in large part due to the pressure from the European Parliament.

However, even after the secrecy was lifted, no specific evidence of any wrongdoing was to be found in the case files. The prosecution, represented by Luis Del Rio Montesdeoca and the judge made opaque references to supposedly incriminating evidence contained in a USB drive, allegedly provided to the police by Ismael Gerli, a former Panamanian attorney of Kokorev, currently indicted in his own country on various counts of documentary forgery. Gerli stated that the USB drive supposedly belonged to Igor Kokorev, Vladimir Kokorev’s son, who had “left” the device in Gerli’s office “by mistake”.

Judge Ana Isabel de Vega Serrano had repeatedly denied the Kokorev’s attorneys the right to access the copy of this USB device, until in September 2017 her decisions was overruled by the High Court of Canary Islands. Yet, even after the police unit in charge of investigation was compelled to produce a copy of the supposedly incriminating USB, it took them no less than 4 months to deliver it to Kokorev’s defense, and only after the investigators were warned of being in contempt of the courts.

The analysis of the device, carried out by an independent IT expert and which CV includes frequent collaborations with Spanish police and security departments, reveals that the majority of the documents contained in the USB were created or manipulated after October 2015, that is, after the device was delivered by Gerli to the police unit in charge of investigation, and after Vladimir Kokorev and his family were arrested and placed in pre-trial detention.  The analysis shows that at least 192 files contained on the device were manipulated and at least 3 files were created by a person with username identified as IT department of Spanish police department.

Furthermore, the IT expertise recovered from the same USB – which ownership the prosecutor and the judge have previously attributed to Igor Kokorev – a deleted draft of Gerli’s deposition before Spanish police, substantially different from the official deposition contained in the case file.

The IT expert also concludes that no clone copy of the USB was made prior to its delivery to Kokorev’s attorneys, that is, that contrary to existing regulations on the analysis of IT evidence and common sense, the Spanish police was carrying out its “analysis” of the USB on the original device instead of making a clone copy, thus further contaminating the evidence and rendering it impossible to determine the full extent of manipulations.

Vladimir Kokorev’s wife and son were liberated from Spanish prison on orders of High Court of Canary Islands in October 2017, after having spent 2 years in pre-trial detention. Kokorev himself was freed, on the request of High Court, in February 2018, having spent 28 months in jail. The members of Kokorev family have yet to be formally indicted for any wrongdoing. However, in a quizzical court ruling, they are forbidden from leaving the island of Gran Canaria on Canary Islands, until the supposed “investigation” against them runs its course. The so-called Kokorev Case has attracted a lot of attention and formal protests from European Community for its numerous alleged violations of Human Rights and due procedure, and apparent political motives behind the persecution against the Russian-Jewish family.


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