The military investigation Department (314, Rostov-on-don) the Investigative Committee of Russia has finished investigation of criminal case against Russian serviceman Artem Khilko, who participated in the operation in Syria, writes “Kommersant” with reference to sources.
According to the newspaper, Khilko accused of committing a crime under article 348 of the Criminal code of Russian Federation (infringement of rules of savings entrusted for official use of weapons, ammunition or items of military equipment, if it caused through negligence their loss). Nobody knows what exactly and under what circumstances the lost soldier — it is secrecy of the investigation. However, the place where the crime was committed in which he is suspected, indicated the Syrian Arab Republic.
The interlocutors of the newspaper report that Khilko came to Syria in one of the units of the Taman motorized rifle division. Its soldiers are mostly accompanied with various goods that come to the Russian troops. In particular soldiers provide transportation of goods and their protection from the port of Tartus to the base Hamim
“Obviously, private for whatever reason, e.g. as a result of theft or accident, have lost a label, which took under its financial responsibility for transportation” — suggests “Kommersant”.
The victim in this case is FGKU “southern regional Directorate of legal Affairs” Ministry of defense of Russia. However, it did not participate in the proceedings and hired this lawyer from Rostov-on-don.
According to the newspaper, Khilko fully admitted his guilt, he petitioned for consideration of criminal case in a special order of legal proceedings. Initially, the case was sent to Moscow district military court (MOVS). In this article, in which a soldier is accused, refers to the minor offenses, and therefore his case should be considered a garrison military court.
Later MOVS felt that the ordinary must judge of the North-Caucasian district military court in Rostov-on-don, where he conducted a preliminary investigation. However, the military Prosecutor of the southern military district, Lieutenant-General of justice Sergey Kolomiets felt that this action was unlawful. He and the lawyer of the injured parties stated that the matter should be considered MOVS, because the actions of the contractor caused damage to the defense Ministry in General. In addition, the defendant in the investigation and the witnesses live and serve in Naro-Fominsk.
MOVS is rejected, citing that the process will not involve witnesses, because the case itself will be treated in a special manner. According to the newspaper, in a dispute attended by the chief military Prosecutor Sergei Fridinsky. He appealed to the military Collegium of the Supreme court. That, having considered it, decided that the Presidium MOVS must determine where they will be judged soldier.
Khilko’s lawyer refused to comment to the newspaper, saying that he did not go into the essence of the crime alleged by the military, and participated in it on purpose.