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Supreme Court will consider on Tueday the appeals against the verdict for Muscovite Alexander Koptsev
Russia's Supreme Court will consider on Tueday the appeals against the verdict for Muscovite Alexander Koptsev, sentenced to 13 years in prison for attacking the congregation at a Moscow synagogue on January 11, 2006. The appeals came from lawyers of both Koptsev and the injured parties. The former asks to mitigate the punishment, arguing that it is too harsh. "The motivation for lodging the appeal, in particular, was Koptsev's mental illness and the fact that none of the victims died or became disabled," Koptsev's lawyer Vladimir Kirsanov said. The lawyers of the injured parties asked to overturn the verdict, insisting that it is illegal and ungrounded. "We regard it as unfounded that Article 282 of Russia's Criminal Code /inciting of ethnic hate/ has been taken out of the verdict - it is basic and should be viewed as the prevailing qualification sign of the crime," lawyer Vadim Klyuvgant said. On March 27, Koptsev, who wounded nine people in the Synagogue in Bolshaya Bronnaya Street in Moscow, was found guilty of attempted murder of two or more persons. The court sentenced him to 13 years, and ordered compulsory treatment at the place of serving the sentence.
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