Russia reject German court ruling in murder trial

16:01, 16 December 2021
Russia reject German court ruling in murder trial

A German court ruled that the Chechen militant who carried out an attack in Berlin park in 2019 was “completely divorced from reality” and promised to retaliate.

The court has found that the murder was ordered from Russia and the murderer was sentenceted to life imprisionement. 

Two Russian diplomats were also expelled from Germany following the court ruling.

The victim was the citizen of Georgia Tornike Khangoshvili who was reportedly killed for fighting alongside Chechen rebels against Russia. 

Russia however said that it hopes the incident will not affect the ties between the two countries and in particular the relations between the Russian President Vladimir Putin and the German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

The Russian side said that the jailed man is innocent and the whole case is politically motivated.

"We decisively reject as unfounded and completely divorced from reality the accusations of the involvement of Russian state structures," the Russian Foreign ministry said in a statement.