Friday, September 22, 2017

Sagra fight case to receive verdict on March 19

The Sverdlovsk region court will begin to read the verdict in the case over mass disturbances in the village of Sagra in the summer of 2011 on March 19.

"Twenty-three people are in the prisoner's dock, so it might take several days to read the verdict. It's difficult to predict how much time it will take; but there have been precedents in the court's practice where verdict reading dragged on," the press service said, Itar-Tass reports.

The prosecutor alleges that the defendants staged mass disturbances in order to take revenge on Sagra residents who had accused some of them of theft. Armed with sawn-off shotguns, non-lethal pistols, metal rods, baseball bats, sticks and other objects, a group arrived in Sagra in 13 cars on the evening of July 1, 2011.

The gang threatened village residents, shooting their pistols, leading to a fight that ended in the death of one young man. None of the defendants pleaded guilty.

"Some defendants claimed they had had no intention to get involved in mass disturbances while other said they had heard shooting before they arrived to the point of destination and decided to return. All the defendants said there was no corpus delicti in their actions and asked the court to acquit them," the press service said, according to Itar-Tass.

The defendants included Chichua, the Lebedevs, Katamadze, Fatakhov, Rabadanov, Slatimov, Abdurashidov and Valiyev, all of whom the prosecution said should be sentenced to four to six years.

Other defendants included Akimov, Gadyyev, Zakirov, Zaripov, Bakharev, Ismailov, Salyakhov, the Safarovs, Khabiyev, Selimov and Sharipov. The prosecution said that for their participants in the armed attack, they should be given threeyear to 3.5 year suspended sentences with three years probation.

More than 200 people were questioned in the case and 83 expert examinations were carried out.