Russia – Hearings continue in Markelov

(GDF/IFEX) – The Moscow city court has continued hearings in the murder case of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova.The 15 March 2011 hearing opened with yet another attempt by lawyer Aleksandr Vassilyev, who is defending Nikita Tikhonov, the man accused of shooting and killing the two victims, to challenge Judge Aleksandr Zamashnyuk, saying he is biased “in favour of the prosecution”.
That plea, like the previous one made on 9 March, was turned down. The defence lawyers then lodged a complaint against Zamashnyuk with Moscow’s Qualification College of Judges, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.As the court turned from procedural matters to considering the case in essence, Prosecutor Boris Laktionov read out the protocols of visual studies of the recordings made on the day of the ki…

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