A video of Russian judge sleeping during a trial went viral on the RuNet (Russian internet).
What makes it especially outrageous is the fact that “upon waking up” the judge sentenced the defendant of this trial to 5 years in prison.
While the video was uploaded to YouTube about a week ago, the hearing itself took place on August 12th, 2012.
Judge from Blagoveshchensk sleeps during trial
The video was uploaded to Youtube by Vladislav Nikitenko, an activist from Amur Oblast. He claims that the hero of this video is Yevgeny Makhno, Deputy Chairman of Blagoveshchensk City Criminal Court.
“Later the judge sentenced the defendant to five years in prison,” – is written in the description of the video.
Vladislav Nikitenko believes that it was a serious violation of the procedural norms. He hopes that the judge will be dismissed and the sentence revoked.
Journalists of the local TV station sent inquiries to the chairman of the municipal court. They hope to get a response from Pavel Belousov – supervisor of the judge shown in the video.
In his turn, Vladislav Nikitenko says that he can provide another video of the same judge, in which he can be seen playing with his iPhone during the judicial investigation.
Nikitenko, indeed, uploaded the video mentioned above. Here it is.
And the third video in conclusion.
Same trial, same day, same judge… sleeping again. But this time during the prosecutor’s speech (the first video was filmed during the speech of defense lawyer).
According to statistics only 0.2% (1 in 500) defendants are acquitted in Russian courts.
Comments of Russian netizens
Вадим Р.: I wonder if someone would smear him with ketchup (ed: when he was sleeping) – would it be considered as contempt of court?Интересно, а если его в это время осторожно кетчупом измазать – будет это считаться неуважением к суду?
Просто ГЕНИЙ: Revoke the sentence, immediately dismiss the judge and revoke his license. What a combination of rudeness and cynicism.Приговор отменить, судью немедленно уволить и дисквалифицировать, как юриста. Редкостное сочетание хамства и цинизма.
[Note: In news "Amur" is often mentioned in reference to the rare species of Amur tigers]
Ваня Солнцев: The same story is in State Duma when they accept laws. Someone is sleeping and someone else picking in nose. В ГосДуме такая же тема когда законы принимают. Кто спит, кто в носу сопли достаёт
Kalretino Go: Scum.Тварь