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State prosecutor said he was satisfied with the verdict for four killers of the Congolese student
A state prosecutor said he was satisfied with the verdict for four killers of the Congolese student. Deputy city prosecutor Alexander Korsunov said "the court has meted out the jail terms demanded by state prosecution." "The defendants' guilt has been fully proven, thanks to photo- and video evidence and detailed questioning of witnesses; the proofs offered refuted the defendants' alibis," Korsunov said. For their part, the lawyers of the defendants said they would appeal the verdict. Member of the International Bar Association Andrei Antonov said "the defendants are innocent; the lawyers will appeal the verdict at the Supreme Court and the European court for human rights." On Tuesday, the St. Petersburg City Court sentenced four city residents, found guilty of the hate-based murder of Congolese student Epassak Roland in the autumn of 2005, to seven to 14 years in jail. The sentences are based on the verdict jurors brought in on June 14. The jurors found the four men guilty and agreed that the crime was of extremist nature. After the verdict was read, some 40 people - relatives and friends of the convicted persons rallied near the court building in support of the convicted, demanding that they be released. The convicted were taken into custody in the courtroom. It was a retrial of the case. The defendants were acquitted by the first verdict passed in the summer of 2006. The Congolese student was beaten up by a group of youngsters in Prospekt Nauki Street in the autumn of 2005. Several days later, he died of his injuries in hospital.
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