Sunday, January 24, 2016

Permyakov pleads guilty again, but this time to murder

Valeriy Permyakov, the Russian soldier who killed seven members of an Armenian family, has pleaded guilty to murder in an Armenian civilian court sitting at the Russian military base in Armenia. He previously pleaded guilty to desertion and other offenses in a Russian court-martial. Now the question is what sentence he will receive from the Armenian court -- and where he will serve it (or be executed if he is sentenced to death). Given the way this case has unfolded in a legal tug-of-war between the two countries, it seems likely he will be transferred to Russia first for service of his 10-year court-martial sentence, since the Russian Army was the first to try him (Russia having dragged its feet to provide the investigative dossier to Armenian prosecutors).

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