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First hearing before the first section of the Military Court of Rome of the trial against Walter Biot, captain of a frigate in the Italian Navy, arrested by the Carabinieri del Ros on charges of espionage for having passed secret documents to a Russian official in exchange for 5,000 EUR. The military hearing precedes by 16 days the one fixed before the Court of Assizes of the ordinary Court. Although the defense lawyers Roberto De Vita and Antonio Laudisa raised the issue of the conflict between military and civil jurisdiction and the documents were sent, by order of the Court, to the Court of Cassation for a definitive ruling.
The civil parties
Among the civil parties, the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Ministry of Defense were constituted, while the Court (at the request of the defendant’s defense) ruled out the establishment of the Party for the protection of military rights. On a preliminary basis, the defense also requested the acquisition in the file of all the material subject to seizure, which the Military Prosecutor indicates as the body of the crime and which it uses as evidence against Biot (Micro-SD card containing the documents, smartphone, digital devices). Material that has never been placed in the availability of the defense or of the accused, because it was deemed not ostensible due to the classification of secrecy.
Acquired the reports of kidnapping
The Court, accepting the request of the defendants, ordered the acquisition of the reports of the seizure, stating that everything used for the accusation’s disputes is available to the Judge and the parties, as required by the code, as the Secret of State. From the next hearing (March 28) the body of the crime will therefore be available to the parties. The defense of Biot also asked for the forensic acquisition of the original of the video recordings made in Walter Biot’s office “Since at the moment – explained the lawyer De Vita – the documents contain incomplete videos, lacking the metadata necessary for the chronological verification of the facts and not acquired in ways that guarantee their certainty and reliability “.
Request an expert opinion
The defendants also requested that the Court have an expert opinion on all the devices subject to technical assessment and on the analysis of the results (both currently based on judicial police assessments) to allow the formation of the cross-examination test before the Judge. On this the Court reserved. The Court then admitted all the witnesses indicated in the defense list. These also include Russian diplomatic agents Dimitry Ostroukhov, Victor Vorobey, Sergey Razov, Andrey Kharchenko, Aleksey Nemudrov and Sergey Chukrov.