In Montenegro, two Russians canceled the verdict in the case of the coup

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In Montenegro, two Russians overturned the verdict in the case of the coup

The Court of Appeal of Montenegro overturned the decision of the Supreme Court of Podgorica, according to which two Russians, Eduard Shishmakov and Vladimir Popov, were sentenced in absentia to prison terms in the coup d'etat case. This was reported on the website of the Court of Appeal.

“The panel of judges overturned the decision of the court of first instance, because in the procedure for its issuance and in the verdict itself, serious violations of the provisions of criminal proceedings were committed, due to which neither factual nor legal conclusions could be taken in the verdict of the court of first instance,” the statement says …

Initially, Shishmakov and Popov were sentenced in absentia to 15 and 12 years in prison. However, according to the court, “the existence of criminal offenses in which the defendants were guilty” has not been proven. The verdicts were also canceled and the leaders of the “Democratic Front” of Montenegro, Andria Mandic and Milan Knezhevich. They promised to send the case materials for reconsideration.

The planned terrorist attacks in Montenegro became known in October 2016. Then the local authorities detained 20 citizens of Serbia, who, according to the investigation, were planning attacks in various regions of the country before the parliamentary elections. Soon several Russian citizens were deported from Serbia for preparing terrorist attacks. Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev intervened in resolving the conflict between states.

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