Censor.NET reports citing Dnipro district council member Natalia Balakhnina on Facebook that during the hearing, one of the complainants, a father of a paratrooper killed in the Il-76 downing, explained why relatives of the killed fighters seek justice in the court.
"You know why they need to be sentenced? So that they think twice in the future. Our kids are gone... So that these boys who came, thank God, are alive... I travel to Marinka [the Donetsk region, at the contact line - ed. ] and see what happens there and how the soldiers are stationed there...
"Nazarov is on Easy Street. They say he is not rich, bit six land plots in Kyiv area must cost a million dollars. Why would he think? Of course he is sorry to leave this lifestyle for prison. This is why they need to be sentenced. Not just him, but Muzhenko is guilty as well," the father said.
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.
On Sept. 26, 2017 the Appeal Court of the Dnipropetrovsk region refused to grant the motions filed by attorneys of Major-General Viktor Nazarov against the decision of the Pavlohrad district court that found Nazarov guilty of official negligence and sentenced him to seven years in prison. Nazarov's attorneys were asking for recusal of one of the military prosecutors.
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