Dmitriyevsky trial starts
The first day of the main hearing of the criminal case concerning charges against the chief editor of “Pravo-zaschita” newspaper Stanislaw Dmitrievsky
16.11.2005. Today at 10 am the court of Nizhny Novgorod Sovetsky district court started to consider the criminal case on charges preferred to the chief editor of “Pravozaschita” newspaper and an executive manager of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society Stanislaw Dmitrievsky under article 282 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (inciting to racial, ethnic and social animosity). Several members and staffers of the Russian-Chechen Friendship Society and Nizhny Novgorod Society for Human Rights were interrogated today. All of them were summoned as witnesses witness for the prosecution, according to the bill of indictment. At 12 o'clock the judge declared a break in the hearing. The next hearing has been fixed for November 25, 2005.
Being questioned, the editor of current newsletters of the Russian-Chechen Information Agency Tatiana Banina, the chairperson of the council of Nizhny Novgorod Society for Human Rights Alexander Lavrentyev and its former chairperson Vitaly Gursky stated to the court that they are absolutely sure that the articles incriminated to Stanislaw Dmitrievsky are aimed at establishing peace in the Chechen Republic as they contain calls to political reconciliation of the armed conflict there.
Two lawyers are defending Dmitrievsky in court. They represent nationalities between which Dmitrievsky allegedly incites hatred - an ethnic Russian Yury Sidorov (Nizhny Novgorod) and an ethnic Chechen Leyla Khamzaeva (Moscow).
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Source: Russian-Chechen Information Agency