Four GTA gang members handed down life terms
On the day of the announcement of the verdict, the investigators of the Investigative Committee of Russia accused two guards who guarded the defendants in August 2017, as well as their superiors of negligence.
The Moscow Regional Court sentenced the defendants in the case of GTA gang Khazratkhon Dodokhonov, Sherdzhon Kodirov, Anvar Ulugmuradov and Umar Khasanov to life imprisonment, reports Interfax. The fifth accused, Zafardzhon Gulyamov, was sentenced to 20 years of the strict regime.
The court fulfilled the request of the state prosecution with regard to Dodokhonov, Kodirov, Ulugmuradov, and Khasanov. For Gulyamov, the prosecutor asked for 25 years of the strict regime.
Judge Natalya Valikova noted that "the defendants with indifferently treated human lives, are socially dangerous citizens, and the appointment of a certain term of punishment will not contribute to their correction."
The verdict was read out to the defendants for seven days. They were found guilty of Banditry, Murder, Robbery, Illegal Circulation of Firearms, Illegal Manufacture of Firearms and Abduction of Documents (Art. 209, 105, 162, 222, 223 and 325 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation).
The gang has been operating since 2012. The leader of the group, which included at least 15 people, was Ibaydullo Subkhanov. The accused laid out homemade thorns on the road, stopped sole cars using them, killed drivers and passengers and robbed them. According to the investigation, from 2012 to 2014 the gang committed at least 15 attacks, which killed 17 people and injured 2.
Initially, there were nine accused in the case. In August 2017, the defendants of the case attacked the guards; four attackers were murdered in the shooting - Kholik Subkhanov, Fazlitdin Khasanov, Mirzomavlon Mirzosharipov, and Abdumukim Mamadchonov. Two guards and a fighter of Rosgvardia were also affected.
On the day of the announcement of the verdict, the ICR accused two guards of the defendants, as well as their superiors of Neglect of Duty (Art. 293 of the Criminal Code). The charges were brought against the Commander of a separate company guarding and escorting suspects and accused of the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Moscow region, the Deputy Commander of the platoon and the two senior police officers of the convoy.
The investigators believe that the guards did not provide the necessary protection for the defendants. In particular, the company Commander did not sufficiently assess the danger of the defendants and did not appoint a reinforced convoy to guard them. Also, he decided to use against the accused "an improper means of limiting mobility in the form of a chain with five metal bracelets." As a result, the defendants had one hand being free.
The senior police officers of the convoy were accused of not telling the leadership about the Commander's mistakes, and also of violating the rules, escorting the five accused together.