Criminal case for Sagra attack begins in Sverdlovsk region court
The defendants demanded a recusal of the judge and state prosecutor at the first hearing of the case, Itar-Tass reports.
"The lawyer of defendant Valiyev lodged a petition requesting recusal of presiding judge Ravil Izmailov and prosecutor for the state Ildar Yakupov in connection with the fact that Yakupov earlier attended the hearings on selecting and extending the measure of restraint for defendant Chichua. The petition requesting recusal of the prosecutor was supported by the layer of defendant Fattakhov," the court's press service said, Itar-Tass reports.
The court ruled against the petitions, with Judge Andrei Minavev adding that there were no legal reasons to grant them. The hearing went on with tightened security.
Twenty-three Sverdlovsk region residents sit in the prisoner's dock, accused of an armed attack on the village of Sagra in the summer of 2011.
Investigators allege that Ivan Lebedev and Kakhaber Chichua set up a gang of eight members in early 2011, including Shota Katamadze, Artyom Rabadanov, Magomed Bekov, Vitaly Slatimov, Kardash Fatakhov and Faig Musaiyev, Itar-Tass reports.
According to an official at the regional department of the Prosecutor General's Office, Valentina and Vyacheslav Lebedev contacted their relative Ivan Lebedev in prison after a quarrel with fellow residents of the Sangra settlement. They asked him to stage mass disturbances in the village in exchange for $950, the official said, Itar-Tass reports.
Lebedev worked with Katamadze to develop a plan of attack, rounding up at least 30 people to help.
"Having armed themselves with a sawn-off shotgun, non-lethal pistols, baseball bats, wooden sticks, metal rods and other hard objects, they came in 13 cars to Sagra and staged mass disturbances there. The defendants threatened physical violence on injured parties, and fired several shots. It was only after a tip that a police detail was on its way to the village that the attackers left," an official said, Itar-Tass reports.
The police in the area and their subordinates have also been charged with negligence because they made no efforts to prevent the attack.
One participant in the mass disturbances is being tried in a separate case after being found insane. He is being sent for compulsory treatment, Itar-Tass reports.
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