ST. PETERSBURG, January 09. /ITAR-TASS/. Marat Musayev, who is accused of inflicting lethal injuries to a fan of Russia’s Premier League Zenit St. Petersburg, pleaded not guilty, Itar-Tass reported on Thursday.
“I did not commit this crime. I have been at the murder scene (at the moment of murder) and saw who did it. Perhaps, this is a mistake of detectives,” Musayev said before a first court session at this trial in Kuibyshevsky district court in St. Petersburg.
The trial was delayed on Thursday, as the lawyer of the defendant did not turn up in the court.
Musayev, who was detained in late March 2013 in Russian North Caucasian republic of Dagestan, was charged under an article of the Russian Criminal Code for deliberate heavy damage to the health that entailed the death of the injured party through negligence. He became the second suspect in this criminal case and has been kept under arrest since the beginning of April 2013.
The incident has occurred on Griboedov Canal Embankment in St. Petersburg on February 24, 2013. The detectives have found that Musayev had hit a football fan with the hand, the latter fell down and hit the head on the asphalted road. Dmitriyev known in the St. Petersburg football firms as Maresh died at the hospital three weeks later without regaining consciousness. His death stirred up a strong public uproar among Zenit fans.
At the end of December 2013, the court has ruled at the preliminary hearings to extend the term under arrest to Musayev for another six months until June 2014.