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Guilty verdicts in landmark Nalchik trial expose horrors of Russian criminal justice system

Headline Title:  Guilty verdicts in landmark Nalchik trial expose horrors of Russian criminal justice syste 23 December 2014 The guilty verdicts and harsh sentences against 57 defendants accused of participating in an armed attack in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in 2005 are a huge miscarriage of justice, said Amnesty International today. The defendants were detained for nine years in deplorable conditions with testimonies extracted under torture and admitted as evidence. Five of the defendants received life sentences and the others received sentences of between…

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