Lawyer Genrikh Padva, who represents the interests of State Secretary Pavel Borodin of the Russia-Belarus Union State, still doesn't know whether his client will be able to visit Switzerland this May and testify at the Swiss prosecutor-general's office. Talking to RIA-NOVOSTI here today, Padva noted that Borodin wasn't feeling very well over the last few days. Consequently, Borodin was even treated at a hospital for some time, working for just several hours each day. That's why Padva declined to say anything about his client's possible Swiss trip and his subsequent interrogation in connection with the Mercata Trading case. At the same time, Padva stressed that Borodin didn't deny his readiness to testify at the Geneva prosecutor-general's office. However, Borodin's readiness is one thing; but his potentialities are another matter, Padva went on to say. According to Padva, Borodin's Geneva visit will depend on specific circumstances, his health condition, first and foremost. As has already been reported, Geneva's prosecutor-general Bernard Bertossa said today that a subpoena ordering Borodin to testify in Geneva had already been sent to him. At the same time, Bertossa didn't specify the date of the forthcoming interrogation, noting that Borodin had to testify this May. In his words, Borodin's lawyers know all about the forthcoming interrogation.
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