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Court to rule on compulsory treatment of Bolotnaya riot case suspect

October 08, 2013, 9:35 UTC+3
According to a psychiatric examination, Mikhail Kosenko was "unable to realize the nature and public danger of his actions or control them" during the riots
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MOSCOW, October 8 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow's Zamoskvorechye court on Tuesday will rule on compulsory treatment of Mikhail Kosenko, a suspect in the case over riots in Moscow's Bolotnaya Square on May 6.

During the arguments of the parties, the prosecutor insisted that the defendant was guilty of participation in mass disturbances and use of violence against a police officer. At the same time, he reminded that Kosenko had a "chronic mental disorder." According to a psychiatric examination, he was "unable to realize the nature and public danger of his actions or control them" during the riots.

"I'm asking the court to recognize law-breaking by Kosenko as proven and order his compulsory medical treatment," the prosecutor said.

Meanwhile, the defendant's lawyer and relatives objective to compulsory medical treatment. They maintained that Kosenko was innocent of the crime and that he had already been held responsible in connection with Bolotnaya Square incident under the Code of Administrative Offenses.

Kosenko acknowledged his presence in Bolotnaya Square on May 6. He said special task force officers blocked his way when he tried to go to Manezh Square together with a group of protesters. It was the special task force police who first showed aggression. People were fighting in self-defense, Kosenko claimed, stressing that he had not beaten anyone.

He also asked not to send him for compulsory treatment. He believes he will be given haloperidol, a powerful anti-psychotic medicine, which is banned in many countries. The investigator said Kosenko had caused a light injury to a police officer during the May 6 riot.

He has been in custody since the summer of 2012. The criminal case against Kosenko was investigated separately.

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