Mirzayev trial postponed for forensic examination until Oct. 17
MOSCOW, September 17 - RAPSI. Zamoskvoretsky Moscow court on Monday adjourned to October 17 the trial of Rasul Mirzayev, the Mixed Martial Arts champion accused of having negligently caused the death of a 19-year-old university student in a brawl.
Judge Andrei Fedin ordered this decision in connection with the appointment of the fifth expert examination, which is expected to conduct forensic specialists of the Russian Ministry of Public Health Center. Despite the Justice Ministry's refusal to hold a fifth examination in the case against mixed martial artist Rasul Mirzayev, Zamoskvoretsky District Court Judge Andrei Fedin is determined to wait for the results.
Mirzayev was initially charged with intentional infliction of grievous bodily harm resulting in the death of 19-year-old student Ivan Agafonov. During their fight outside a Moscow nightclub, Agafonov received a blow to the head and collapsed. He died in a hospital several days later without regaining consciousness.
The defense has insisted on reclassifying the charges against the martial artist, asserting that Agafonov died as a result of hitting the ground, as opposed to the blow. Numerous examinations have been held under the case to determine the power of Mirzayev's punch and its relation to the student's death. The defense has asserted that Agafonov died not as a result of the punch, but rather due to his head hitting the ground.
Mirzayev faces up to 15 years in prison.
The judge announced the decision to wait for the results of a fifth examination after the hearings resumed in the case on Monday, even despite the fact the Justice Ministry said it would not hold the examination. The judge expects to receive specific answers from experts regarding the cause of Agafonov's death following the examination.
Four examinations have been held under the investigation. However, the judge said the Justice Ministry's physics experts should be involved in the case to best understand the surrounding circumstances. Based on the court's decision, the case materials have also been submitted to the Healthcare Ministry for examination. Its experts will also study the power of Mirzayev's punch in relation to Agafonov's death.
The court has decided not to raise the new questions posed by the defense regarding whether Agafonov died as a result of an injury that he received in the day when he fought Mirzayev.
Prior to his arrest, Mirzayev had been widely regarded as a promising MMA fighter. He was undefeated in the ring and two of his five victories were won with knockout punches. On August 16, 2011, between the incident and his arrest, Mirzayev made headlines throughout the MMA world for having signed a professional multifight contract with sponsor Bellator Fighting Championships.