St. Petersburg court's secretary imprisoned for refusal to sign protocol

St. Petersburg court's secretary imprisoned for refusal to sign protocol
Lawyers of the ex-secretary will appeal the sentence

Alexander Eivazov was found guilty of not signing the document.

The Kalininsky District Court of St. Petersburg sentenced Alexander Eivazov, the former secretary of the Oktyabrsky District Court, to imprisonment as he had not drafted and signed the document, RBC reports.

The court ruled that Eivazov "deliberately did not sign part of the record of the trial, wanting to cancel the sentence out of the personal enmity to the judge."

Eivazov was found guilty under part 3 of Art. 294 of the Criminal Code (Obstruction of the Administration of Justice with the use of official position). He was also charged under part 3 of Art. 298.1 (Libel against the Judge), but the court found no corpus delicti.

The report says that the convict participated in the hearing in the Timofey Kungurov's case as a secretary. This is a former deputy of the municipal district Gavan' of the Vasileostrovsky district of St. Petersburg, a figurant of the criminal case of fraud. The court sentenced Kungurov to one and a half years of a general-regime colony in 2016. In 2017, the appellate instance upheld the verdict.

Eivazov is sentenced to a year and ten months of the colony-settlement imprisonment and also prohibited holding certain positions for a year. The court took into account the term that Eivazov spent in the pre-trial detention center, from August 22, 2017.

Lawyer of the convict Ivan Pavlov told Fontanka that his client would spend only three days in the colony. But the defense will appeal the verdict, he added. The edition writes that Eivazov did not admit his guilt, explaining that he did not make the protocol due to illness. The court disagreed with these arguments.

The human rights organization Amnesty International recognized Eivazov as a prisoner of conscience.

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