Itar-Tass; Russian MPs denounce Qatari court ruling
- Russian lawmakers denounce Qatari court ruling
MOSCOW, June 30 (Itar-Tass) - Lawmakers at the State Duma lower house
of the Russian parliament denounced as "unfair and unobjective" the
ruling by a Qatari court which sentenced two Russian citizens to life
imprisonment on charges of complicity in the assassination of Chechen
separatist Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev.
Parliamentarians insisted that the verdict should be revised, and
urged Russian authorities to make all efforts to ensure the release
of the two citizens.
Head of the Chechen group in the United Russia Party Frants
Klintsevich said the Russian specialists were sentenced in
"Russia will be seeking, though all international legal institutions -
- the release of these people who have nothing to do with the
assassination of Yandarbiyev," Klintsevich emphasized in an interview
For his part, lawmaker for Chechnya Akhmar Zavgayev insists on
revising the verdict. "This verdict is only advantageous to
international terrorists who are involved in the murder of
Yandarbiyev," he emphasized, adding that "the two Russians are
Deputy house speaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky thinks that Qatar's Emir
should issue an order pardoning the Russian citizens.
"In fact, Qatari prosecutors have not shown any proofs and turned the
whole trial into a Star Chamber," Zhirinovsky said, "our compatriots
should be returned to the Motherland."
For her part, human rights champion Ella Pamfilova believes that one
could clearly see that the trial was political. "I have no reasons to
believe that it was a fair trial," Pamfilova said.
"A political situation is obvious in the case," she added, expressing
the hope that Russian authorities would not reconcile themselves with
the court's ruling and take all possible measures to free the
A Qatari court on Wednesday sentenced two Russian citizens to 25
years imprisonment on charges of complicity in the assassination of
separatist Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev. The court gave them life, which in
Qatar's legal practice implies 25 years in prison.
Qatari prosecutors charged the two Russian citizens who were on a
business trip in Doha. The defendants pleaded not guilty.