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.
The founder and president of the Izhevsk football club Gazovik-Gazprom, known today as Zenit-Izhevsk, and the oldest professional football player in Russia has been detained for 48 hours, until the lawyers provide documents confirming that the accused cannot be kept in a pre-trial detention center on medical grounds.