Mamuka Galsky’s gang member sentenced to 10 years pleads innocent
The relatives and lawyer of Aris Khachatryan are trying to help him out.
Convicted in the case on the gang of thief in law Mamuka Chkadua (Mamuka Galsky), 28-year-old Aris Khachatryan pleads innocent.
As The CrimeRussia has previously written, in April 2017, the Altai Regional Court passed sentences to Mamuka Galsky and 20 members of his gang, engaged in racketeering and homicides. The crime boss was sentenced to 17 years of imprisonment, and the group members got terms from 2.5 to 16 years.
Then Aris Khachatryan was also convicted. He was sentenced to 10 years in a strict-regime colony for his Participation in the Criminal Community (part 2 of Art. 210 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and for Murder (part 2 of Art. 105 of the Criminal Code). The criminal episode of which Khachatryan was accused occurred in the summer of 2013. Then the members of Galsky's gang organized an attempt on 'authority' Akhmed Gabibov in Barnaul – his Toyota Mark II car was fired on the street. The 'authority' managed to survive and even hide, but one of the passengers of Akhmed Gabibov died of fire.
Aris Khachatryan's lawyer Anastasiya Buchneva assures that her client was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. She claims that the convict was just a passenger of the car from which the shooting of the Toyota Mark II was conducted. Khachatryan allegedly could not surmise that his companions would suddenly take weapons and open fire.
"The guy whose shot was fatal, pleaded guilty, and the rest were convicted for the unlawful attempt, in fact this is hooliganism," Buchneva told online publication altapress.ru.
Furthermore, the convict claims that during the investigation the Department for Combating Organized Crime (UBOP) officers exerted psychological pressure on him.
"They threatened and demanded to give testimony that was not consistent with reality. Investigator Alexei Vdovenko and the UBOP officers suggested that I conclude a pre-trial agreement in order to reclassify my article for attempted hooliganism. I did not agree to this, because I did not commit hooligan actions, but found myself in the situation as a cursory observer," Khachatryan believes.
Khachatryan sentenced to 10 years in a strict regime colony assures that there is no evidence that he was part of the criminal community.
"It is not fixed anywhere that I communicated with someone on some criminal topics. One gets the impression that the court and the investigation are formalities, and no one was going to sort out anything, but only pretended," the man told altapress.ru.
Lawyer Anastasiya Buchneva prepared an appeal against the verdict of the Altai Regional Court. The Supreme Court of the Russian Federation will consider the complaint not earlier than September this year.