The Supreme Court found Major-General Viktor Nazarov not guilty of negligence in the case of the downing of an IL-76 aircraft by militants. This was reported by Suspilne.
"The court overturned the decision of the Pavlohrad City District Court, which had previously sentenced Nazarov to seven years in prison, and the decision of the Dnipro Court of Appeal, which did not satisfy Nazarov's appeal against the decision of the court of first instance," the statement reads.
The Court dismissed the criminal proceedings due to the absence of a criminal offense in Nazarov's act.
As we reported earlier, Ukraine's Il-76 was shot down near the airport of Luhansk on June 14, 2014; it was an attack by Russian occupants who used a man-portable anti-aircraft missile launcher. The plane caught fire and crashed, killing everyone aboard.
Major General Viktor Nazarov, the-then leader of the counter-terrorist operation in Donbas was charged with the neglect of duty in a combat situation, which led to severe consequences. The officer filed an appeal, but the court eventually sentenced him to seven years behind the bars.