Court lets go 5 men convicted for Khovansky cemetery melee

Court lets go 5 men convicted for Khovansky cemetery melee
The mass brawl happened in the Khovansky cemetery in May 2016

The jail credit was recalculated in view of a new law.

The Moscow City Court has released five prisoners who had been serving time for their involvement into a Moscow Khovansky cemetery melee. The men are Dilovar Yunusov, Dzhomi Chakalov, Rakhmuddin Sadurdinov, Khodzhikurbon Buriev and Shoimardon Akhmadov.

The new law entered into force and reads as follows: "a day in a detention facility is equated to 1,5 days in a colony", RIA Novosti reported citing the court press service.

According to the resolution, each of the five convicts was given jail credit for the time spent in custody starting from May 2016 until the day the sentence came into force and 1 day was equated to 1.5 days of a correctional general-regime colony.

"Having considered the punishment, the court released five convicted persons from custody," the press service of the court said.

The verdict to the above-mentioned convicts of the melee case was pronounced last December. They were each sentenced to three years in a general-regime colony. The court softened the charges, leaving only "hooliganism with weapons or items used as weapons" in the verdict.

The mass brawl at the largest Moscow cemetery occurred in May 2016 and involved about 200 people; three of them were killed, 112 detained. According to the investigation, the conflict stemmed from a turf war in the cemetery.

17 people are involved in the case, including the head of Ritual Services №3, Yury Chabuev, former Khamovniki employee of the patrol and inspection service, Nikita Moshenko, and co-founder of the Healthy Nation public organization, Alexander Bocharnikov.

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