The defense appealed the court Kadyrov in Grozny (Russia) the sentence of the Ukrainian citizens Mykola Karpiuk and Stanislav Klychuconvicted of 22.5 and 20 years of imprisonment on the case of alleged involvement in combat actions against Russian Federal troops in the First Chechen war as part of the volunteer unit «Viking» organization UNA-UNSO. About it reports «Interfax».
«My colleagues filed a brief against the verdict of our client in which we ask to cancel it,» — said on Friday, 10 June 2016, Ilya Novikov, representing the interests of Karpuk.
According to him, in the appeal, the defense points to procedural irregularities in the course of the proceedings.
In turn, his colleague At Dokka said that the Supreme court of the Chechen Republic has made as procedural violations, and violations of substantive law. «Had violated the rights of our clients not to torture, on interrogation of witnesses of protection, as well as the independent, impartial trial,» said At.
According to counsel, in the course of the proceedings there had been pressure on the jury and violated the right of defendants to be presumed innocent. «Before the verdict of the jury on the Chechen TV channel has shown the transfer, alleging that the fault of our clients completely proven, and any other verdict except guilty, would be contrary to the position of the leadership of the Republic and the President of the country», — said At.
The lawyer added that a complete complaint will be filed by the defence, after reviewing the record of the hearing.
The Supreme court of Chechnya sentenced may 26 Karpyuk and Cliche to 22.5 and 20 years imprisonment respectively. According to the verdict, the first 10 years Karpyuk will spend in prison, and Klyh — the first 9 years and then both in a strict regime colony.
Earlier, the jury ruled the defendants guilty verdict.
According to Russian investigators, and Klyh Karpyuk were members of the organization «Ukrainian national Assembly — Ukrainian national self defense» (UNA-UNSO) and in late 1994 and early 1995, fought against Russian Federal forces in the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of Ichkeria. According to the investigation, they participated in the fighting against Russian troops in Grozny, in particular in the fighting in the area of «Minute» and at the Presidential Palace.
The verdict States that from 31 December 1994 to 5 January 1995, they killed 30 Russian soldiers and tried to kill 15 soldiers.
While Karpyuk FSB agents kidnapped in Chernihiv, and then taken to Russia, and Klaha was arrested when he was on the territory of Russia.
Karpyuk has repeatedly stated that he was forced under torture to incriminate himself and many innocent people, since the FSB threatened the lives and health of his minor son.
The Ministry of justice intends to request extradition Karpyuk and Cliche only after the entry into force of the verdict, said the Minister Pavel Petrenko.
The lawyers of the Ukrainians Karpyuk and Cliche filed against the verdict of the court Kadyrov 11.06.2016