Russian servicemen get long terms in prison for taxi driver murder in Tajikistan

Two servicemen of the 201st Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan were found guilty of the murder of a local taxi driver and were sentenced to long terms in prison, presiding judge Dmitry Norvind said on Aug.27.

Two servicemen of the 201st Russian military base deployed in Tajikistan were found guilty of the murder of a local taxi driver and were sentenced to long terms in prison, presiding judge Dmitry Norvind said on Aug.27.

"The Ural district court [the 201st Russian military base is under its jurisdiction] found two defendants guilty of the murder in a preliminary conspiracy and sentenced Ildar Sakhapov to 13 years, Fyodor Basimov to 17 years in jail which they will serve in a high-security penal colony in Russia," Norvind said.

Public prosecutor Alexei Korniyenko asked on Aug.27 to sentence the defendants to 14 and 17 years in prison, respectively.

The visiting meeting of the Russian military tribunal panel was held at the Dushanbe garrison of the Russian military base. Convicts Sakhapov and Basimov are former servicemen of the 201st Russian military base.

The testimony which had earlier been announced at the court sessions said that Basimov owed 50,000 Russian rubles to taxi driver Rakhimdzhon Teshaboyev, 36, and decided to kill him, engaging in a conspiracy with his fellow employee Sakhapov. The murder was committed on August 18, 2014.

Basimov said that he invited the taxi driver to go fishing together with Sakhapov where the murder was committed.

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