The Russian Supreme Court refused to overturn the verdict on the basis of the decision of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to ex-senator from Bashkiria Igor Izmestyev, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for organizing murders and other crimes, TASS reports.
"The verdict of the Moscow City Court against Izmestyev should be left unchanged," the RF Armed Forces Presidium announced the decision of the judicial authority.
At the meeting, the lawyers asked to cancel the sentence and return the case to the court of first instance. According to the defenders, the ECHR noted the limitation of the publicity of the process, since the trial of Izmestyev was held behind closed doors, which is a violation of the right to a fair trial. "The only restoration of rights in this case, of course, is only the cancellation of the sentence," said lawyer Karina Moskalenko. If the verdict was canceled, the defense asked to consider the election of another measure of restraint for Izmestyev - house arrest or bail in the amount of 10 million rubles.
The Moscow City Court sentenced Izmestyev to life imprisonment in December 2010. He was accused of organizing several murders, setting fire to a printing house in the Chelyabinsk region and blowing up a car in Ufa, as well as tax evasion and an attempt to bribe an FSB officer. Last fall, the ECHR ordered Russia to pay Izmestyev 12,000 euros, recognizing that the country had violated his rights to a fair trial and protection of private life. The Presidium of the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, on the basis of the decision of the ECHR, was supposed to consider the issue of resuming the proceedings in the criminal case of the ex-senator.