St. Petersburg: Two detention facility employees to face trial for participation in gang

St. Petersburg: Two detention facility employees to face trial for participation in gang

Two employees of the Lebedevka pre-trial detention facility No. 4 will soon face trial in St Petersburg.

The defendants are accused of exceeding official powers and being gang members. Other gang members will also face trial soon.

Criminal cases against the defendants are a part of a consolidated criminal case opened against thirteen gang members, according to investigators. The thirteen defendants are accused of swindling, kidnapping, theft, robbery, murder, and exceeding official powers, depending on their roles in different crimes.

The gang operated in St. Petersburg for 5 years. They were caught after they tried to forcefully take away a St Petersburg resident’s apartment from her. The victim lives on the fringes of society.

The police gathered evidence proving 14 crimes which resulted in 8 million rubles worth of damages.

The gang robbed shops and offices, the Office of Public Affairs of the St. Petersburg Public Prosecutor’s Office added. It also robbed one jewelry workshop. Moreover, the gang members are accused of kidnapping a man who they then beat to death. As for the two employees, they were paid for bringing mobile phones to Lebedevka and giving them to inmates.

The case file is 50 volumes thick. It was referred to court for further proceedings.

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