Russia's Ex-Police Officers Planting Drugs In Golunov Sentenced To 5-12 Years In Jail
Faizan Hashmi 16 days ago Fri 28th May 2021 | 03:40 PM
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 28th May, 2021) The Moscow City Court sentenced five ex-police officers to prison terms ranging from five to 12 years for their role in the drug planting case involving Russian investigative journalist Ivan Golunov, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the courtroom.
Lt. Col. Igor Lyakhovets, ex-head of a district police office's department for combating drug trafficking, was sentenced to the most severe punishment: 12 years of imprisonment and deprivation of his rank.
The judge read out only the introductory and operative parts of judgment, as the case includes classified materials.
In June 2019, Golunov, known for covering corruption-related stories, was detained in Moscow while in possession of drugs that he said were planted on him by police. Charges against the reporter were later dropped amid a public backlash due to lack of evidence.