Process for the high-profile case
On Monday in the Moscow district military court has started the process one of the most notorious cases of recent years — the murder in Central Moscow in February 2015 opposition leader Boris Nemtsov.
In the dock five people — a former fighter of the battalion “North” Zaur Dadaev, his relatives brothers Anzor and Shadid Gubareva, as well as their friends Temirlan Eskerkhanov and Khamzat. Another alleged accomplice of Beslan Shavanov were killed during the arrest, and an alleged customer of Ruslan mukhutdinov, who was a driver zamkomandira battalion Ruslan Eremeev, is wanted.
All the defendants did not admit guilt and insists on his innocence of the crime. They have filed a motion to have their case reviewed the jury.
On the first day of the process preliminary hearings passed in the closed mode. According to the press-Secretary of the court, the defendants in the course of the process will be in glass aquariums.
Between the court and the morgue
Due to the resonant process in the vicinity of the court were strengthened security measures: the building was surrounded, and the territory passed only lawyers and the participants. Around on duty police officers, Riot police, were police buses.
Several dozens of journalists, representatives of Russian and foreign media, was on duty on the road, sitting on concrete blocks around the stations, between the court and the morgue. Since the court did not miss anyone, police, some journalists were hiding from the heat in the garden mortuary.
Neither relatives nor friends of the accused at this meeting did not come. Supporters of Nemtsov approached court only four activists, who in turn arranged pickets. They were holding posters with appeals to find those responsible and to question the head of the Chechen Republic Ramzan Kadyrov.
The chance of acquittal
At this time, behind closed doors, lawyers for the defendants have filed a motion for trial by jury. The decision on this question the court will announce soon on July 26. But the judge has already stated to defenders that he intends to accede to the request, said one of the participants in the process.
According to the lawyer of one of accused Zaurbek Sadaharu, the court has no procedural grounds to reject the request. Besides the petition of the accused was supported by the Prosecutor and lawyers of the daughter of the deceased Vadim Prokhorov and Olga Mikhailova, said the defender.
Statistically, jurors are more likely to hand down acquittals than professional judges. But their share falls only a small part of the business.
According to official statistics of the Judicial Department at the Supreme court, in 2015, the jury considered the case 685 people out of 1 million of all prisoners. The jury acquitted 10% of defendants (65 people). The acquittal last week is over and the process of “Primorsky partisans”.
Professional judges for the 2015 justified only 4.6 thousand people out of 1 million With half of all criminal cases (in relation to 545 thousand) were considered in a special order — when defendant fully admitted guilt.
Roles and alibi
According to investigators, five of the defendants planned and committed the murder of Nemtsov. The prosecution argues that the role of the killer was made by Dadaev, who shot politician on the Big Moskvoretsky bridge when he was returning home with his girlfriend Anna Duritskaya.
Anzor Gubashev helped him escape by car ZAZ Chance, and the rest of the defendants in the case have followed Nemtsov, and assisted in the preparation of the crime of harboring and partners, said the prosecution.
According to the plot of the charges the employer was the personal driver of the Deputy commander of the battalion “North” Ruslan Eremeev — mukhutdinov. It was he, according to the investigators, promised to pay for the murder of “not less than 15 million rubles”.
Now mukhutdinov is wanted, the charge brought against him in absentia, but his case is allocated in separate manufacture.
How and why they planned the murder of Nemtsov, the defendants are not going to tell. In court, all five of them intend to prove their innocence, and their lawyers have repeatedly stated that their clients have an alibi.
Dadaev, in particular, spent part of the afternoon of February 27, together with his chief Eremeev, walked with him to the mosque and restaurant, then he went to a club, went home, and late at night we stopped again to Eremeeva, it follows from the indictment (at the disposal).
Eskerkhanov as the guard was accompanied by his client at the bar, told his lawyer Rosa Magomedova. And the Bahai met with his girlfriend, who later became his wife, says his lawyer Sadaharu.
The investigation in the basis of the charges puts their old confessions, which the defendants were given immediately after the arrest in March 2015.
This trial could be a process of years, said lawyer Vladimir Zherebenkov. “Given the identity of Nemtsov, and he was a major political figure, given how boldly the crime was committed — the murder opposite the Kremlin, this trial will be the resonance this year”, — said the lawyer.
Process last year was unquestionably the case of the former head of Department of property relations of the defense Ministry Evgenia Vasilyeva, as a matter of 2014 — a second case of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, like the lawyer.
And Bulk, and Vasiliev are now on the loose. Navalny was sentenced to probation for fraud in the transportation of goods of the company “Yves Rocher”. And Vasiliev was sentenced to five years in prison for fraud in the conduct of transactions for the sale of the property defense. But really, in conclusion, she only spent a few months: the court read out her 2.5 years, she was under house arrest, and released on parole.