Sentence of police Colonel, who sold letter about Gagiev’s gang, appealed
According to lawyers, the whole charge was based on the changing testimony of two swindlers who slandered Vadim Shavlokhov.
The lawyers of Colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs Vadim Shavlokhov, who was found guilty of bribe-taking and exceeding official powers, appealed the verdict of the Zamoskvoretsky court of Moscow. According to Life, they intend to obtain a review of the decision in the Moscow City Court.
According to lawyers, the whole charge was based on the changing testimony of two fraudsters. According to the defendant's relatives and defense, the key witness Arsen Gabolaev, through whom Shavkholov allegedly received the money, was released immediately after testifying, although he had previously been held in custody because of fraud.
The distinguished operative allowed the mediator to photograph a letter in which the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of North Ossetia Artur Atmetkhanov reported to Interior Minister Vladimir Kolokoltsev on the crimes of the gang of Aslan Gagiev, known as Dzhako. According to the materials of the criminal case, the operative that participated in the investigation of the murder of Colonel Budanov sold for 100 thousand dollars the text of the letter, which contained information about the crimes of Gagiev’s gang. At the same time, the letter did not have the vultures "top secret" or "for official use", and its content, which lawyer Arsen Gabalaev sent to Gagiev by e-mail, did not represent a particular value for the bandits. At that time they had already been put on the wanted list. However, the letter was saved by Gabolaev on a flash drive, which later became the most important evidence against Shavlokhov. The lawyers of the policeman insist that the court did not consider it important that the information on the electronic medium was changed several times.
On November 1, Shavlokhov was sentenced to 9 years in a strict-regime colony, fined five times the bribe (according to the verdict, 16 million 427 thousand 800 rubles ~$273.8 thousand) and deprived of the rank of Colonel of the police. The court left the awards to the former colonel, including a militant one received during his mission to Chechnya. Notably, the state prosecution asked for 12 years of imprisonment and 210 million rubles ($3.5m) a fine for the defendant, but the court limited itself to a milder punishment. Shavlokhov's defense insisted on his full acquittance, stating that the members of Gagiev’s gang had slandered the Colonel, since Shavlokhov was actively involved in monitoring them.
Dzhako himself, complicit in 60 murders, was detained in Vienna in early 2015. In September 2017, Russia achieved the extradition of Gagiev, but at the eleventh hour it fell through, as the suspect's lawyers provided a certificate of an acute form of aerophobia that would not allow him to fly on an airplane.