Russia: «There was a lot of blood» — lawyer on Chechens suicide attempt during Moscow hearing

The lawyer of a group of Chechens accused of hooliganism described how the defendants had attempted to commit suicide as a sign of protest during a Moscow City Court hearing, Friday. Five out of the six Chechens accused of hooliganism tried to cut their veins during a hearing at the Moscow City Court earlier in the day, as the question of extending their term of arrest was being considered... Еще. Court press secretary Ulyana Solopova recounted what happened, explaining that the defendants had now received the necessary medical care. “They were not hospitalised, they are in the building of the Moscow City Court», she said. The defendant’s lawyer, Daudi Tengizovich told the press that the accused had said they have «no faith in the court» and that the investigation is “being dragged on over and over again and the judge keeps extending the preventive measure.» The defendants have been in custody since 2015 on hooliganism charges. The trial pertains to an altercation on 6 August 2015, allegedly between a group of over 20 Chechens and an employee in the «Tanuki» restaurant in Moscow. Two security employees were injured.

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