Interior Minister and police chief not to testify in mass riots case
MOSCOW, August 25 - RAPSI. A Moscow court today refused to summon Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev and Moscow police head Vladimir Kolokoltsev to testify in last Decembers mass riots case, one of the accuseds defense attorneys told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI).
The court also held against a petition filed by one of the accused to summon the Russian President and Prime Minister to testify in the case.
The court announced its decisions during closed session. Substantive hearings, on the other hand, will be open.
According to the investigation, as many as 5,000 football fans and nationalists caused public disorder on December 11, 2010 in central Moscow after a rally to commemorate FC Spartak fan Yegor Sviridov, who was shot dead on December 6, 2010. Thirty-two people were injured in the riots.
Law enforcement authorities opened dozens of criminal proceedings against rioters. A separate case was opened over assaults on police officers.