The court will announce the verdict to Grosnica Alexandrov and Erofeev April 18. Protection asks court to declare them prisoners of war

Holosiivskyi district court of Kyiv will announce the verdict of the Russian special forces Evgeny Erofeev and Alexander Alexandrov on April 18, approximately after 14.00.

On Friday April 15, said the judge, the judge Mykola Didyk upon completion of judicial debates and the speech of the accused at the last word, transfers «Interfax-Ukraine».

Protection of the accused Russian special forces requests the court to consider the detainees in Ukraine Grouchnikov combatants – under international law, a combatant at the detention receives the status of prisoner of war and withdraw the accusations of the Ukrainian side. In their statements in the judicial debates the lawyer Erofeev Oksana Sokolovskaya appealed to the norms of the Geneva Convention and recalled that initially, after the arrest of Ukrainian law enforcement agencies have recognized Erofeev and Alexandrov prisoners of war and only later changed their position. So, focusing on international legal assessment of the events, Sokolovsky urged the court in sentencing to take into account the status of Erofeeva and Alexandrov as prisoners of war.

«We cannot apply the norms of Ukrainian criminal law to persons who are combatants under international law,» he said, speaking in a judicial debate, the lawyer Alexandrov , Valentin Rybin and added: «Our defendants cannot be found guilty on any charge».

Both attorneys declare that in criminal proceedings there is no evidence of the guilt of Alexander and Erofeeva, and «the prosecution has not provided adequate proof».

Erofeev in the last word said, «do Not consider myself guilty». In turn, Aleksandrov in the last word also said: «the Charges against me was not proved and the political».

As reported, the state prosecution demands 15 years ‘ imprisonment with confiscation of property for the fighters of the GRU of the General staff of the armed forces of Alexander of Alexander and Evgeny Erofeev for committing grave crimes on the territory of Ukraine, including waging aggressive war and committing a terrorist act that caused death of people. Speaking in court debates, Prosecutor Igor Nimchenko said that no doubt proved the fact that Alexandrov and Erofeyev — Russian military who carried out the orders of their commanders.

Greshniki Alexander Erofeev and Evgeny Aleksandrov refused all testimony that they gave during the pretrial investigation, and asked the court to acquit them completely. Erofeev previously called the cause of his arrival in the occupied territory of the Luhansk region in 2015, not appointment of pensions to the families of those killed during Euromaidan employees of the interior Ministry of Ukraine. According to Erofeev, it is also motivated for participation in combat actions on the side of the terrorists fire at the trade Unions building in Odessa may 2, 2014. While Erofeev denies that he was acting military of the Russian Armed forces.

Recall, may 16, 2015 anti-terrorist operation forces detained in a combat zone in the Luhansk region two Russian soldiers — captain Erofeev and Sergeant Alexandrov.

During interrogation Erofeev admitted that headed diversionno-prospecting group of 12 people, composed of Alexandrov.

On 26 August the Deputy Prosecutor General — chief military Prosecutor of Ukraine Anatoliy Matios said that the pre-trial investigation against Erofeev and Alexandrova completed.

He noted that these Russian soldiers are accused of committing criminal offenses under part 2 of article 28 (Commission of crime by group of persons, group of persons by prior conspiracy, an organized group or criminal organization), part 2 of article 437 (waging aggressive war or aggressive military operations), part 2 St. 201 (smuggling), part 2 St. 332-1 (violation of order of entry in the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and exit from it), part 1 of article 263 (carrying, storage, acquisition, transfer or sale of firearms, ammunition, explosives without legal permits), part 1 of article 258-3 (creation of terrorist group or terrorist organization, management) and part 3 of article 258 (terrorism) of the Criminal code of Ukraine.




The court will announce the verdict to Grosnica Alexandrov and Erofeev April 18. Protection asks court to declare them prisoners of war 15.04.2016

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