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the Court has cancelled a sentence to Pitchugin and has directed business on new consideration

. The sovereign court of the Russian Federation has cancelled a sentence in the relation eks - the employee of security service of YUKOS Alexey Pitchugin and has directed business on new consideration, the correspondent of News from a court hall broadcasts.

the Moscow City Court has sentenced Pitchugin to 24 years of imprisonment, recognising as its guilty of the organisation of murder of businessman Korneevoj, the head of administration of Nefteyugansk as Petuhova, and also in two attempts at the businessman the Big fish. To five more defendants the court has appointed punishment in the form of imprisonment for the term from 7,5 till 19 years W punishment serving in a high security colony.

the State accuser asked court to sentence Pitchugin to a life imprisonment. But the court at purpose of punishment as softening circumstances has considered presence at the defendant of minor children.

against This sentence have appealed against also the State Office of Public Prosecutor which considers its too soft, and the party of protection which considers its illegal.

" the Sentence concerning Pitchugin to cancel, criminal case to direct on new consideration from a proceeding stage to the same court, but W other structure. A preventive punishment in its relation to leave former " - it is SPK in the decision of the Sovereign court.

the Court has announced only rezoljutivnuju a decision part, therefore motives of acceptance of such decision are not known yet.

Pitchugin did not participate in session.

This second criminal case in the relation eks - the employee of security service of YUKOS. Earlier the Moscow City Court on the basis of a verdict of jurymen has sentenced Pitchugin to 20 years of imprisonment, recognising as its guilty of murder in 2002 of two inhabitants of Tambov (Olga and Sergey Gorinyh), in the organisation of attempt at the former head of department of public relations of the mayoralty of Moscow, eks - the adviser of the former head of YUKOS of Michael Khodorkovsky Olga Kostin in November, 1998.

Besides, as has informed News a source in investigating bodies, concerning Pitchugin the third criminal case now is investigated.