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 Trial into Il-76 downing: court starts hearing prosecution’s evidence

Defendant Nazarov does not admit his guilt as he is confident that the victim party’s testimonies cannot be considered evidence in the case.

The Pavlohrad district court (the Dnipropetrovsk region) continues hearing the case of Il-76 military aircraft downing in summer of 2014. This was announced by lawyer of the victims, Censor.NET informs citing Interfax-Ukraine.

According to him, the court has started hearing the evidence submitted by the prosecution.

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"The questioning of victims has been completed and the court turned to consideration of the evidence submitted to the court by the prosecuting authority. It includes as many as 11 volumes of unclassified material besides the classified one," Vitalii Pohosian said.

According to him, the court has heard reports of the law enforcers, indicating that the reconnaissance information on the terrorists lying in ambush in the Luhansk airport with Igla MANPADS was brought directly to Major General Viktor Nazarov's knowledge. However he neglected it sending the plane to its death.

"The military prosecutors believe that there is enough evidence in the case to prove Nazarov's guilt, but do not disclose all the details as some documents are classified and will be considered during separate hearings in camera," the lawyer said.

Read more: Court to continue trial of Maj. Gen. Nazarov charged with IL-76 tragedy

He also noted that the premises of the Pavlohrad district court are not equipped properly for holding hearings in camera. "There is such a courtroom in Dnipropetrovsk, but this issue has is not yet been addressed," Vitalii Pohosian said.

The lawyer also believes that not all those responsible for the tragedy are under investigation at present.

"The general is not the only perpetrator. And we must figure out who exactly should be held accountable," he stressed.

According to the lawyer, the defendant does not admit his guilt.

"The general says he is innocent while "the testimonies of the victim party cannot be considered evidence in the case, and there are no witnesses". I have a different point of view. There are witnesses and there are a lot of them," Vitalii Pohosian summed up.

 
 
 
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