Russia: Teen sisters charged with father's murder jailed for two months

Russia: Teen sisters charged with father's murder arrested for two months Ostankinskiy district court handed a two-month prison sentence to three teenaged sisters accused of murdering their father after years of alleged violence and sexual abuse, in Moscow on Thursday. Seventeen-year-old Maria Khachaturian, 18-year-old Angelina Khachaturian and 19-year-old Kristina Khachaturyan will reportedly... Еще stay at the remand centre until September 28. The lawyers of all three sisters stated that they intend to appeal the court's decision, and noted that the detainees are in a depressed condition. Yaroslav Pakulin, Maria Khachaturyan's lawyer said that Ostankinskiy district court “refused to place [the daughters] under house arrest.» Angelina Khachaturyan's lawyer, Temerlan Zhilin noted that “this case is not about murder, it's about domestic violence. The girls decided to do this only because they believed that they had no other choice. And they were convinced of it by their own father.» According to Executive Secretary of the Public Monitoring Commission Ivan Melnikov, “the girls will be taken to remand centre number six, where they will be held in the near future before either a change in the measure of restraint, or until the next extension [of the verdict].» The sisters 17, 18 and 19 years old stabbed their father Mikhail Khachaturyan to death on July 27 in a Moscow apartment. The girls reportedly confessed to committing the crime «over moral suffering» the father caused them over the years.

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