Zenit football player Kokorin appeals against 18-month sentence
MOSCOW, May 20 (RAPSI) - Zenit St. Petersburg’s football player Alexander Kokorin has filed an appeal against an 18-month sentence he had received as part of a hooliganism case, his attorney Tatyana Stukalova has written on her Instagram page.
According to a spokesperson of the Presnensky District Court of Moscow, an appeal against the ruling has been also filed by prosecutors.
On May 8, the court sentenced Kokorin and Krasnodar’s football player Pavel Mamayev to 18 and 17 months in penal colony respectively. Kokorin’s younger brother Kirill and children’s football coach Alexander Protasovitsky were also sentenced to 18 and 17 months in penal colony respectively as requested by the prosecution.
The court found no grounds to give the defendants suspended terms.
The men were found guilty of intended infliction of minor harm to health from molester motives. However, Kokorin’s younger brother was acquitted of beating CEO of the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute Sergey Gaysin.
On April 17, the Moscow City Court upheld extension of the defendants’ detention until September 25.
The four men were arrested on October 11 and charged with hooliganism, battery and intended bodily injury.
The defendants initiated two fights in central Moscow in the early morning of October 11. According to the police, a driver of a Russian TV journalist received a nose fracture during the first incident on a street in central Moscow.
Two hours later, Ministry of industry and trade official Denis Pak and CEO of the Central Scientific Research Automobile and Automotive Engines Institute Sergey Gaysin were assaulted by the footballers in a coffee bar and had to undergo medical treatment, the police stated. Pak reportedly sustained a concussion. The café’s video records showed one of the sportsmen beating up Pak with chair.