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Slain opposition leader's daughter wants charges against murder suspects reclassified

September 14, 2015, 13:07 UTC+3

Zhanna Nemtsova wants the charges of 'murder' into 'life attempt against a state or public figure'

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MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Daughter of oppositionist Boris Nemtsov asks to reclassify charges against the persons suspected of her father's murder, her lawyer Vadim Prokhorov said on Monday.

"Now I am going to file a request from Zhanna Nemtsova to reclassify the charges of "murder" into "life attempt against a state or public figure"," he said. "This article is not more strict, but we believe it more correct."

"The murder of Nemtsov is not a regular or political crime, it was related directly to his state and public activities," the lawyer said, explaining reasons for the application.

"No doubt, any murder is a crime," the lawyer continued. "On February 27 at the bridge the criminals killed not just a person. It was a murder of a Russian state and public figure. Thus, here we are dealing with ‘an attempt on life of a state or public figure.’ This classification of the charges would be most precise."

"Both articles suggest life terms as the punishment. In either cases a decision will be made by the jury, thus it would not be correct to say we are taking a tougher position. What is important for us is to highlight it was an attempt on life of a public and state figure, that it was the key reason for the murder of Boris Nemtsov. At the time of the crime, he was a deputy of the legislation in Yaroslavl, a co-chair of the PARNAS political party, and earlier he was first deputy prime minister at the Russian government, a deputy speaker of the country’s State Duma (parliament), leader of the Union of Right Forces faction and party, thus without any doubts he was a state and public figure."

Boris Nemtsov was shot dead in central Moscow on February 27. Five suspects have been arrested.

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