Jury to pass verdict in football fan murder case
MOSCOW, October 20 - RAPSI. The jury of the Moscow City Court has withdrawn to the consultation room to pass its verdict in the high-profile murder case of a football fan, the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) reports from the courtroom.
Yegor Sviridov was shot dead on the night of December 6, 2010 in the center of Moscow. The murder sparked a public outcry. Moscow youth were furious with a later police decision to release several suspects. The incident caused mass riots in central Moscow in late December.
The jury will answer 29 questions related directly to the scuffle in which football fan Sviridov was killed as well as questions connected to the defendants' guilt. If the jury finds the guilt proved, then they will have to decide if the defendants deserve mercy.
The judge summed up the facts for the jury before they withdrew to pass the verdict. He reminded them of the presumption of innocence and said all inconsistencies should be treated in the defendant's favor.