High-profile case of a car accident involving a Chechen VIP-cortege resulted in double substitution of the guilty party?
A car crash that claimed two lives instantly gained public attention with inconsistent and ever-changing updates.
The Dagestan court has finally closed the case of a much-publicized car accident involving a Chechen VIP-cortege. The crash that claimed two lives instantly gained public attention with inconsistent and ever-changing updates.
To remind the background: the fierce crash occurred on December 6, 2015 in Makhachkala. A Mercedes with Chechen plates run a red light, severely violating the driving regulations, and rammed into a Lada Granta with Eduard and Raziyat Magovedovs inside. Both died in hospital from the injures. Soon after the crash, some unexpected details ‘surfaced’. A Chechen policeman Imran Arsumkaev was officially named the suspect in the crash, while surveillance cameras tell a different story. A video put on the Internet shows that immediately after the crash, the Mercedes driver and his female companion were quickly taken to an escort car, while another man was left in the driver’s seat of the broken Mercedes. Kavkazpress.ru reports that the Mercedes was, in fact, driven by Zaur Khizriev, Head of Gudermess District of Chechnya, driving from Dragon-Hall Karaoke Club. After the accident, the state official left his guard in the driving seat.
Khizriev instantly reacted: “Slander”.
A week later, it became known that a large mission from Chechnya led by ex-mufti Sultan Mirzaev arrived to Dagestan with an official visit and asked pardon from relatives of people who died in the crash. The victim party agreed to reconciliation in accordance with local mountainous traditions.
The high-profile case was heard in Sovetsky District Court of Makhachkala and took only one day. Surprisingly, the main suspect was not Imran Arsumkaev, but a 54-year old Beslan Lorsanov, native of a Kadi-Yurt village in Chechnya (the Gudermess District). As per Gazeta.Ru, he has no official job, no criminal record, married and has three children. Relatives of the victims asked the judge not to render a severe sentence to Beslan Lorsanov because he paid compensation to them. The servant of Themis took this into consideration and rendered a very light sentence: 3 years probation term with one-year suspension of driving license.
The lawyer representing Beslan Lorsanov explained the version provided by his client. As per Lorsanov, they decided to go to Makhachkala that night because “there are no night clubs in Grozny”. Then they decided to make a street racing with two girls, after which, “5-10 minutes before the crash, they took the girls into their cars and continued the trip together”. The lawyer confirmed that the unemployed Lorsanov owns an S-Class Mercedes worth over 5 million rubles involved in this case. The lawyer for Lorsanov also justified Zaur Khizriev, Head of the Gudermess District of Chechnya. The solicitor said that those who claimed that the Chechen official was involved into the crash “did not distinguish the Mercedes plate number clearly and mixed-up one number”.
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