The Moscow city court changed the sentence in the case of «God Kuzi»

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The Moscow city court changed the sentence in the case of «God Kuzi» and released one defendant to freedom, reading time spent by convicts in the prison, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.

Presnensky Moscow court on 16 July sentenced Andrei Popov to five years in a General regime colony. The court recognized the «God kuzyu» guilty of «the establishment of a religious Association whose activity involves violence against citizens,» and in two episodes of fraud in especially large scale committed by an organized group.

Other defendants in the criminal case — Galina Markevich, Nadezhda Rozanova and Jeanne Frolushkina — got almost five years on two counts of fraud.

The court also dismissed most of the civil suits declared by victims.

«The sentence of Presnensky court of Moscow to change the custody Andrei Popov and Galina Markevich from 10 September 2015, you can watch Frolushkina and Hope Rozanova — 17 September 2015 on the day the sentence comes into force — 26 November 2018 inclusive set off against the term of imprisonment each at the rate of one day of detention for a day and a half in a penal colony. Appointed Markevych sentence considered served, from custody to release in the courtroom. The rest of the sentence to leave without change, the appeal complaint without satisfaction» — has identified the trio of judges.

Defenders of the defendants asked to cancel the verdict, and the defendants to justify.

«Priests presented himself as a priest because he ecclesiastical dignity had, it was qualified as fraud. Victims in the course of the investigation, explained that if they knew about the absence of Sana Popov, they would not have bought his poems. But what is the fraud if you gave your money for poetry Popov? You poems Popova received. Paid money for a CD with songs Popov? You got these songs,» said the lawyer Evgeny Simonenko in court, insisting on the absence of corpus delicti in the actions of the defendant.

In addition, the lawyer Simonenko protecting Jeanne Frolushkina, which consequently assigns the role of «main wife «God Kuzi», believes that even priests and «called himself God, talked about the possession of supernatural powers», but it is an irrational concept that cannot in a secular society to qualify as fraud, since it is not verifiable.

Popov himself said that no one cheated, and asked for justification.

«I really think someone of my knowledge could be useful. I had no intentions to deceive anyone… to something by manipulation and other methods to force someone — I ask the court to acquit us, and if for some reason it is impossible, to mitigate the sentence», — appealed to the court of the priests, noting that «no sect is not created».

In turn, the three accused women said that priests were priests, but it was secretly because the official was not able to because of vision problems.

According to recent updates to the court indictment, the defendant priests had created «a non-profit organization encroaching on the personality and rights of citizens under the pretext of implementation of religious activities.»

According to the indictment, the organization had a rigid internal hierarchy and the punishment of disobedient members.

The priests, according to the prosecution, struck the victim from 100 to 1.2 thousand strokes «with a whip, rubber shoes, leather belt and hands.»