Ex-policeman pleads not guilty of attempted murder of Rostov traffic police chief

Ex-policeman pleads not guilty of attempted murder of Rostov traffic police chief
Aleksandr Otsimik, the former Deputy Head of the Rostov Traffic Police

The defendants in the loud case gave their final statements.

The defendants gave their final statements in the case of attempted murder of Sergey Morgachev, the Head of the regional State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate. The case is being heard in the Voroshilov district court. Aleksandr Otsimik, the former Deputy of Morgachev, refused to admit his involvement in the attack on his immediate superior.

Another defendant is believed to be an accomplice in the crime. Shaykhav Gajiyev did not plead guilty either and said he was willing to pay 10 million rubles to the victim. This is the amount Morgachev demanded as damages, both moral and material. However, Gajiyev also said he would pay the money only if he remains free.

As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Aleksandr Otsimik had masterminded an attack on the Traffic Police Head. Through an intermediary, he involved Gajiyev from Astrakhan promising a reward of 500 thousand rubles. The latter, in turn, organized the attack on Morgachev on March 25, 2014 in Rostov-on-Don with a help of two hired killers and an accomplice. The criminals brutally beat up the traffic police Head with axe handles in the entrance lobby of the apartment building where he lived. Morgachev got serious injuries that took half a page when listed in the official report.

Otsimik was arrested back on April 13 the same year. According to investigators, the Deputy had masterminded the attack to take the post of the Head of the Rostov regional State Road Traffic Safety Inspectorate upon Morgachev’s death or disability. Indeed, before his appointment in November 2013, Otsimik had actually been considered as the main candidate for the post. However, Viktor Nilov, Head of the Main Department of the MIA Road Safety did not favor him resulting in Otsimik appointed only the Deputy Head.

The perpetrators were detained two weeks later in Astrakhan, but one of them managed to escape. Two others - Kurban Izudinov and Timur Abdullaev – are already serving their sentences in prison.

It is worth noticing that among other things Otsimik has been accused of Bribe-Taking (part 6 of Art. 290 of the Criminal Code). Investigators believe that between August and September 2013 the policeman received bribes totaling over 2.3 million rubles for issuing vanity plates for cars.

On November 17 the court will read the sentence regarding Otsimik and Gajiyev accused of Intentional Infliction of a Grave Injury (part 3 of Art. 33, item (a), part 3 of Art. 111 of the Criminal Code). The prosecutor requested sentencing Otsimik to 12 years in a penal colony and a fine of 70 million rubles, and Gajiyev to 7 years in a penal colony.

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