Witnesses whose testimony refute accusation of Gaizer won’t be questioned in court
The lawyer of former Head of Komi Vyacheslav Gaizer stated that the prosecution refused to interrogate more than 30 witnesses in the court session. There was also uninvestigated material evidence.
The prosecutor's office completed the presentation of evidence on the criminal case of former head of the Komi Republic Vyacheslav Gaizer and his alleged accomplices, TASS reported citing Vyacheslav Gaizer's defender Daria Evmenina.
Prosecutor Boris Neporozhny stated the completion of the presentation of evidence of the prosecution in the Zamoskvoretsky District Court of Moscow on Friday.
According to Daria Evmenina, the prosecution refused to interrogate about 30 witnesses in the court session, the evidence of which, the lawyer notes, is in the materials of the criminal case and completely refutes the charge brought against the former head of the Komi Republic. Evidence was also left unexamined, Evmenina said, noting that such a position of the prosecution was caused by repeated statements of witnesses about investigators and operatives putting pressure on them during interrogations.
TASS notes that the defenders of Vyacheslav Gaizer and other defendants are ready to provide evidence of the innocence of the accused.
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