Asylum-seeking ex-member of Wagner Group sentenced in Norway Lalrp


COPENHAGEN, Denmark — A courtroom in Norway sentenced a former contractor of the Wagner Group, a personal Russian navy firm known for brutal tactics, to 14 days in jail for disorderly conduct and for carrying an air gun in a public place.

The Oslo courtroom acquitted Andrey Medvedev, who’s in search of asylum in Norway, of committing violence towards cops throughout his arrest, in response to his lawyer, Brynjulf Risnes. Officers detained Medvedev exterior a pub within the Norwegian capital following a February bar brawl.

He admitted resisting arrest and spitting when he was put in handcuffs however denied kicking the officers, the lawyer mentioned after his client appeared in court Tuesday.

“It is extremely good that he was acquitted for what was essentially the most severe,” Risnes instructed the Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet following Thursday’s verdict.

Medvedev additionally pleaded responsible to carrying an air gun when he went to a pub in downtown Oslo in March. He fled to Norway earlier this 12 months, crossing illegally over the nation’s 198-kilometer (123-mile) border with Russia, and has mentioned he would worry for his life if have been despatched again.

Medvedev mentioned he agreed to hitch the Wagner Group from July to November 2022 however left after his contract was prolonged with out his consent. He mentioned he was keen to testify about any attainable battle crimes he witnessed, although denied collaborating in any himself.

Earlier, he reportedly instructed Russian dissident group Gulagu.internet that he was prepared to inform the whole lot he knew concerning the Wagner Group and its proprietor, Yevgeny Prigozhin, a millionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Troopers working for the shady non-public contractor are preventing on the entrance traces in Ukraine and still have fought in Mali.