Court up­holds life sen­tence for Me­dininkai mas­sacre per­pe­tra­tor

The Baltic Times - - BALTICS -

An ex­tended panel of judges of the Supreme Court of Lithua­nia has over­ruled the ap­peals filed by Kon­stantin Mikhailov, for­mer OMON of­fi­cer sen­tenced to life in the 1991 killing of Lithua­nian bor­der guards and po­lice of­fi­cers at the Me­dininkai bor­der check­point. The seven Supreme Court judges en­dorsed the rul­ings of other courts, which have ruled that the Me­dininkai Mas­sacre was part of the Soviet poli­cies to keep Lithua­nia in the Soviet Union. The Supreme Court said that in Mikhailov’s tes­ti­mony, he was not in­volved in the killings, as was de­nied by ev­i­dence con­tained in the case. The ver­dict is fi­nal and not sub­ject to ap­peals.

Lithua­nian pros­e­cu­tors have es­tab­lished that Mikhailov, be­ing a mem­ber of the Soviet In­te­rior Min­istry’s spe­cial po­lice unit OMON and act­ing as part of a squad or­ga­nized by Ch­eslav Mlynik, to­gether with other mem­bers of the squad, An­drei Lak­tionov and Alexan­der Ryzhov, in­ten­tion­ally killed Lithua­nian cus­toms and po­lice of­fi­cers An­tanas Musteikis, Stanislavas Orlav­ičius, Ričar­das Rabav­ičius, Al­gir­das Ka­zlauskas, Juozas Jano­nis, Al­gi­man­tas Juoza­kas and Min­dau­gas Balavakas, and at­tempted to kill To­mas Šer­nas.

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