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Russia's Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the not-guilty verdict in the case over the murder of a Vietnamese student in St.Petersburg in 2004
On November 13, 2006, St. Petersburg's City Court acquitted 14 defendants on the basis of jury verdict. Prosecutors insisted that the crime had been planned and motivated by ethnic hate. The Vietnamese, Vu Anh Tuan, died of 37 stab wounds. But the jury said the charges that the crime was hate-based and the guilt of the youngsters tried for the murder, had not been proven. The appeal against the verdict lodged with the Supreme Court suggested that the jury's decision might have been influenced by the information about crimes by a gang of nationalists, detained in St. Petersburg last May. The detention of 13 members of this dangerous group with a clear drive to attack foreigners, coincided with the beginning of the inquest into the Vietnamese case. At the first interrogations, gang members stated their involvement in a number of attacks on foreigners, including the murder of Vu Ahn Tuan, but investigators found no proofs to these statements. Nevertheless, the prosecutors insisted that the publications about the gang, accused of brutal crimes, including the murder of a Senegalese in April 2006, might have caused the jury to doubt that the prisoners in the dock were the real culprits. This would explain the soft verdict, the prosecutors said.
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