04.10.17 10:29

Court denied Nazarov's request for repeated examinations of expert findings

The jury of the appeals court of the Dnipropetrovsk region has refuted the motion filed by General Viktor Nazarov, who was found guilty by Pavlohrad district of neglect of duty that led to the crash of military plane Il-76 in summer 2014.

This was announced by lawyer of the victims in the case Vitalii Pohosian on Facеbook, Censor.NET reports.

"The motion by the defendant Nazarov V.N. and his attorney of a repeated examination of the evidence and questioning of the witnesses was dismissed by the jury of the appeals court of the Dnipropetrovsk region!!! Just to conduct additional examination of the military and tactical expert finding by the commission," Pohosian said.

Read more: Trial against General Viktor Nazarov continues in Dnipro

The hearing of the appeal lasted for about seven hours. The court agreed to to review the findings of two military and tactical expert reports out of 30, as assisted by Nazarov.

The prosecutors are certain that additional review will have next to no influence upon the case.

The next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

Read more: Il-76 case: court rejected appeal by General Nazarov's defense

On June 14, 2014, Ukraine's Il-76 military-transport carrier with 40 paratroopers and nine members of the crew on board was shot down while landing in Luhansk airport. Nobody survived the crash.

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

The only defendant, Major General Viktor Nazarov, was the commander of the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) HQ at the moment of the tragedy. He was charged under part 3 article 425 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (habitual negligence in office during war, causing grave consequences).

The commission that carried out a complex military-tactical criminalistic analysis concluded that Nazarov was the one directly obliged to take measures to suppress the air defense of terrorists and ensure a safe passage of the aircraft.

The investigators questioned 132 witnesses and conducted 112 examinations.

On March 27, 2017, the Pavlohrad city district court sentenced Nazarov to seven years in prison. He was not deprived of his military rank. 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.

Nazarov has appealed the ruling and is at large.
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