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2015.09.08 13:45

Lithuanian court to hold first hearing in OMON commanders’ case

BNS  Vilnius Regional Court is scheduled on Friday to hold the first hearing in the case of two former commanders of the Soviet Special Purpose Militia (OMON), Boleslav Makutinovich and Vladimir Razvodov.

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Vilnius Regional Court is scheduled on Friday to hold the first hearing in the case of two former commanders of the Soviet Special Purpose Militia (OMON), Boleslav Makutinovich and Vladimir Razvodov.

The former OMON commanders are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1991 in Lithuania. The hearing will most probably be held in absentia. Nevertheless, writs have been sent to Russia via the Lithuanian Ministry of Justice to inform the defendants about the time and place of the hearing.

The Court of Appeal of Lithuania ruled on 9 December 2014 that the three can be tried in absentia, despite the fact that Makutynovich and Razvodov, currently on the run in Russia, can be tried in absentia, despite the failure to present copies of indictments to them personally.

Prosecutors succeeded in proving that it’s enough to send the indictments in the Russian language to the Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia and the defence lawyers.

The former OMON commanders are accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity in 1991 in Lithuania when some 14 people were killed during an attempt by the Soviet army and special forces to take over the Vilnius TV Tower on 13 January 1991, and more than 1,000 unarmed civilians were injured.

On 31 July of the same year, seven officers were shot dead during an attack on Medininkai border checkpoint where officers were guarding the border of the still unrecognised by the Soviet Union State of Lithuania.

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