2006-09-21 18:24:00

Prosecutors reject amicable deal in Romanov rehabilitation case - lawyer

Moscow, September 21, Interfax - The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has rejected an out-of-court settlement in a lawsuit filed by Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna Romanov following a refusal by the Prosecutor General's Office to grant rehabilitation to Russia's last Emperor Nicholas II and members of his family, who were executed in 1918.

"On Thursday, the court suggested signing an amicable agreement, which we are ready to accept, but the Prosecutor General's Office refused, ruling that members of the tsarist family fell victims to ordinary criminals and not political repressions," the Grand Duchess' lawyer German Lukyanov told Interfax.

During a preliminary hearing on Thursday, the court obliged both parties to present a written answer to the question weather they considered a resolution passed by the Urals Regional Council in 1918 an ultimate decision.

The case in point is whether this decision was or wasn't a verdict, the lawyer said.

"The Prosecutor General's Office denies that the tsarist family, which was kept in custody in a totalitarian state, was a victim of political repressions," he said.

The main hearing at the Moscow Tverskoy Court is scheduled for October 11.

Earlier, the Moscow City Court cancelled the Tverskoy Court's refusal to rehabilitate the tsarist family and sent the case for retrial.

A decision to execute Nicholas II was passed by a non-judicial body, the Urals Regional Council, and then upheld by the RSFSR central power body, the All-Russia Central Executive Committee (VTsIK), on July 18, 1918.