The prosecution asked that the three suspects in the attack at Bolshoi Theater against ballet master Sergei Filin receive prison sentences between six and ten years in prison during the proceedings in Moscow's Meshchansky Court, an Interfax correspondent reported on Friday.
In particular, prosecution that Bolshoi Theater dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko be sentenced to nine years for organizing the attack on Filin and Yury Zarutsky, who threw acid into Filin's face, to ten years in a maximum security prison.
The prosecutor asked that driver Andrei Lipatov be sentenced to six years.
All defendants planned committing the crime for a long time and they were aware that Filin would sustain substantial physical injuries, the prosecution said during the proceedings. The prosecutor said that he urged the court not to believe the testimony of Zarutsky, in which the defendant claimed that he committed this crime on his own.
"The testimony of Zarutsky is beyond criticism because witness testimony, testimony of Dmitrichenko and the money transfer to him contest it. Defendant Lipatov could not but be aware of the crime being planned and could not but see the Zarutsky's two sets of clothes on the day the crime was committed, when they went to Moscow," the prosecutor said.
The testimony of Dmitrichenko cannot be trusted as well - all witnesses questioned confirmed that the dancer had a motive for the attack on Filin, the prosecutor said.
The prosecutor asked the court to fully uphold the lawsuit filed by the affected party. It has been reported that the lawsuit exceeded 3.5 million rubles ($105,630).
"I am asking the court to take into account the mitigating circumstances, namely that defendant Zarutsky has a child and Dmitrichenko's parents depend on him. At the same time, the reformation of defendants is possible solely if they are removed and isolated from society in a maximum security penal colony," the prosecutor said.
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