27.03.17 17:20

General Nazarov found guilty in Il-76 case, sentenced to seven years in prison

General Viktor Nazarov has been found guilty of the death of the Ukrainian military killed after an Il-76 transport plane was shot out of sky over Luhansk in 2014.

A Censor.NET correspondent reports.

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The Pavlohrad city district court cited part 3 of article 425 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine providing for 5-8 years in prison. Nazarov has not been deprived of the rank of major general. The moral damage suffered by the families of the victims is to be compensated by the Ministry of Defense. However, only the closest relatives - parents and wives - will receive a compensation.

The amount of compensation is 500,000 hryvnia ($18,367) for each family.

The court recognized inactivity and official negligence in Nazarov's actions. The evidence of the prosecution, according to the court, has been fully proven. The court has taken into account the lack of a criminal record and a positive service record of the defendant.

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After the announcement of the verdict, Nazarov said: "I will not ask for pardon."

His defense lawyers are set to appeal the ruling.

"We are going home and will prepare for an appeal. It will take us about a year to stand in court. I'm sure we will win the appeal," Nazarov said.

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On June 14, 2014, Ukraine's Il-76 with 40 troopers and nine members of the crew was shot down during landing in the Luhansk airport. All people on board were killed.

Dec. 17, 2015, the Pavlohrad city district court of the Dnipropetrovsk region started a trial into the Il-76 case.
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