General Sugrobov's lawyers do not found corpus delicti
The protection of the accused in the organization of a criminal community (OCC), MIA GUEBiPK former Head Lieutenant General Denis Sugrobov, made a stand upon his case in the court.
As Kommersant notes, lawyers’ speech took 1.5 weeks of the hearing. Lawyers said they have analyzed all episodes incriminated the accused in the organization of a criminal group, abuse of authority and bribes provocation and concluded that the defendant's actions had no corpus delicti.
Advocates have questioned the investigation’s proof in the form of Sugrobov’s telephone conversations' recordings with his deputy Boris Kolesnikov during the period from May to October 2014, recalling that Sugrobov has been in a pre-trial detention center since May, and Kolesnikov was killed in June, 2014.
The argument of the investigation that the OCC was created to obtain awards and recommendations, Sugrobov’s defenders considered "ridiculous."
It is worth noting that General Sugrobov, according to the state Prosecutor, did not personally involved in any of the alleged crimes of his subordinates, he just "supervised the OCC as an organizer." The Prosecutor's Office demanded 22-year of imprisonment to Sugrobov, for the rest defendants - from 17 to 21 years in prison.
It concerns entrepreneur Dmitry Motorin, Boris Usherovich, a co-owner of the Group of Companies 1520, and Novoe Vremya board member, Ivan Stankevich. Motorin is accused of giving a bribe on an especially large scale, and Stankevich and Usherovich are charged with bribe-taking.
This week, the judicial debates in the trial of Vladimir Barsukov-Kumarin charged with creation of Tambovskie organized criminal group have been finished in the Kuibyshevsky District Court of St. Petersburg. If the court upholds the stance of the state prosecution, the once-influential criminal ‘authority’ may be convicted to almost 25 years behind bars. In reality, this translates into a life term for the legend of criminal St. Petersburg.