Orenburg: Court quashes a lenient verdict for the policeman responsible for murder


16 February 2011

The case against police lieutenant-colonel Prytkov accused of killing detainee Valery Lyamov has been submitted for re-trial.  

   Yesterday the criminal division of the Orenburg regional court quashed the verdict of the Buguruslan city court delivered on December 13, 2010 in respect of police lieutenant-colonel Prytkov and senior sergeant Abrashin accused of abuse of office with violent treatment causing death in part.  Lawyers of the Interregional Committee Against Torture conducted a public investigation, managed to make the investigative authority instigate criminal proceedings and submit the case to court, now they are representing the interests of victim’s relatives. You may remember that lieutenant-colonel Valery Prytkov was found guilty  under cl. «а», «b», «c» p. 3 art. 286 of the RF Criminal Code (“actions of state agents clearly exceeding their official powers and causing substantial violations of individual rights and legal interests committed with violent treatment, application of special tools and causing grave damage to health) and sentenced to five years of imprisonment in a standard security penal colony. The second defendant – senior sergeant Sergey Abrashin – was acquitted for the lack of corpus delicti in his conduct.

   The Prosecutor’s Office appealed against the judgment to the cassation instance, as it found the verdict too lenient. The criminal division sustained the cassation appeal in part and quashed the verdict regarding Prytkov. The verdict for sergeant Abrashin was upheld and entered into force.

   The criminal proceedings against major Prytkov which have been underway for 6 years already are continued.

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