Protest leaders’ defenders filed brief appeals against the verdict. In order to file full complaints, they need to study the 3,000-page trial transcript and file comments on it with the court. In addition, their wards expressed a desire to become additionally acquainted with all the materials of the criminal case. The lawyer Magomed Bekov told Fortanga about it.

He recalled that after the conviction of the seven protest leaders, the defense team announced its intention to appeal to the appellate and cassation courts. But this, according to Bekov, is preceded by a long preparation. First, attorneys should study the verdict itself, especially the reasoning part of it. According to the law, the verdict can be appealed within 10 days after its pronouncement. Lawyers have already sent brief complaints to the court. Second, in order to prepare complete appeals, you must also carefully read the trial transcript.

«At the moment the lawyers are preparing additions to the appeal, studying the protocol and preparing comments on it. The case is large. The protocol is 3,000 sheets,» said lawyer Fatima Urusova.

Magomed Bekov said that the defenders received the protocol on January 14, 2022. «According to the RF CCP, the defense has three days to familiarize themselves with the protocol and submit comments. However, due to the volume of the case, the deadline for familiarization with the protocol was extended until February 14. After that we have three days to submit comments,» he explained.

According to the lawyer, each defender compares the record with his own audio recordings that he kept during court sessions. «If there are inaccuracies or mistakes, comments on the protocol are sent to the court. And only after that the appeal is supplemented and sent to court,» he explained.

The lawyer also noted that additions to the appeal can be filed even after sending it to court, but no later than five days before the meeting.

Bekov said that all the protest leaders on the day of the verdict, December 15, have already petitioned to be additionally familiarized with all the materials of the criminal case. «Twice a week they are taken to the Kislovodsk city court for this. This could drag on, possibly until the summer. But until our prisoners get acquainted with the materials of the case, the court cannot send the appeal and the criminal case to the appropriate instance,» he explained.

All the defendants in the Ingush case are in pre-trial detention in Pyatigorsk until their appeal is heard. One day in the detention center counts as a day and a half, the lawyer said.

Rallies against the Ingushetia-Chechnya border agreement have been held in Magas since autumn 2018. In March 2019, they turned into clashes with security forces and detentions of activists. A total of 46 people were arrested, most of them receiving real sentences on charges of violence against authorities. Akhmed Barakhoev, Musa Malsagov, Ismail Nalgiev, Zarifa Sautieva, Malsag Uzhakhov, Bagaudin Khautiev and Barakh Chemurziev, also detained in the rally case, were charged with extremism. On December 15, the Kislovodsk city court sentenced them to terms from 7.5 to 9 years in prison.

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