Driving ban for Abbott in Maltese diplomatic plates vehicle accident
Abbott Timofei Podobedov was banned from driving for 20 months by a Russian Court after crashing a BMW Z4 with Maltese diplomatic number plates on the night of July 31, 2012.
In his testimony Father Timofei alleged that a Volkswagen Touareg, also involved in the accident, cut across his lane and he braked hard but after the hitting two vehicles he felt sick and his head was spinning.
Father Timofei added that the signature on one of the Police reports presented in court was his, but all other reports carried a forged signature. The priest maintained that the BMW Z4 did not belong to him but he had borrowed it. This contrasts with a statement presented in court by Nikolai Soukmandiev, the registered owner of the BMW Z4, who claimed that the vehicle was in fact stolen from a mall.
di-ve.com has a copy of the receipt which shows that the BMW Z4 had been sold to Father Timofei for €40,000 on July 26, 2012. Father Timofei had one week to deregister the vehicle and transfer the ownership onto his name. He had also been given one key of the vehicle since had paid the amount in full and had been handed the documents of the vehicle to proceed with the process of customs clearance and transfer of ownership.