Trial of Ufa officers accused of gang rape commenced
The first hearing will be held on July 29.
The day of commencement of the criminal proceedings has been announced. The first hearing of the rape case with a 23-year-old MIA employee as victim will be held on July 29, reports RIA Novosti, referring to Aslyam Khalikov, the lawyer of one of the accused.
According to the lawyer, preliminary hearings have already begun in the Kirovsky district court. They are held in camera.
Khalikov said that the interrogations of the accused and the victim will be conducted on the 29th. All three defendants in the case are under house arrest. Pavel Yaromchuk, one of the accused, told reporters on Monday as he was being taken out of the hall that he "believes in the impartiality of the court."
According to The CrimeRussia, the sex scandal in the Ufa police broke out in late October last year. A 23-year-old female employee of the Ufa district police department said that the head of the migration department of the Ufa region Pavel Yaromchuk, 34, summoned her to the office with other drunk chiefs. Then, the Ufa district police department head, Eduard Matveev, 51, and the Karmaskalinsky district police department head, Salavat Galiyev, 50, offered alcohol to the young woman and she passed out. After that, the police chiefs took advantage of her helpless state and raped her all night. In the morning, she went to the Investigative Committee, where she pressed charges.
In early November, the policemen were arrested. Pavel Yaromchuk, Eduard Matveev and Salavat Galiyev pleaded not guilty. Investigators stated that they had found evidence of rape as they were conducting searches and complex expert studies.