MOSCOW, December 4 (RAPSI) – Court rulings in cases over violence against law enforcement officers during the unauthorized summer rally in Moscow on July 27 must be adequate to what was done, Chair of the Presidential Council for Human Rights Valery Fadeyev told journalists on Wednesday.
According to Fadeyev, the advisory body keeps a close eye on the cases consideration. He admits that the defendants violated the law but points that “some of them did not commit offenses meant to be punished with imprisonment.”
Fadeyev also expressed hope that courts would take the Council’s opinion into account and deliver just and adequate rulings.
Protest actions began in Moscow in mid-July after election commissions denied registration of certain opposition members as candidates for the Moscow City Duma elections reasoning that documents submitted by them contained numerous violations.
The first unauthorized rally took place hear the Moscow City Election Commission’s building on July 14 and looked like a provocation, according to law experts.
Unauthorized rallies in support of candidates seeking to become lawmakers of the Moscow State Duma but refused registration by the Election Commission were also held on July 27 and August 3 in central Moscow. Over 1,000 people were arrested for various violations as a result.
Following the 27 July rally, the Investigative Committee opened a criminal case over mass riots. Investigators believe that the protest action was held with the use of force against representatives of authority.
Several activists have already been sentenced to prison.