The defendants in the case of the terrorist attack in the subway of St. Petersburg did not agree with the prosecution

Подсудимые по делу о теракте в метро Петербурга не согласны с обвинением

The court in St. Petersburg has started consideration of the case about the terrorist act in local underground events in 2017. In the dock 11 of the natives of Central Asia. Details – DW.

On Tuesday, April 2, in the building of the Leningrad district military court opened a field meeting of the Moscow district military court. The meeting considered the merits of the case about the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg metro, which occurred on 3 April 2017 at the stretch between the stations “Institute of Technology” and “Sennaya Ploschad”. Victims of the explosion were 16 passengers. 67 people, according to the MOE, injured

In the result of investigative and search actions of the Russian special services had detained 11 suspects in the terrorist attack. They are all natives of Central Asia, among them there are citizens of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the Russian Federation.

Delay in the proceedings will not be

Consideration of the merits of the case on the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro was supposed to start at 10 o’clock. But the assembled journalists of Russian and foreign media one hour spent in front of the closed doors of the hall, where he was appointed the hearing. Journalists have started to share the conjecture that, contrary to assurances of the press service of the court, hearings will pass in the closed mode when the on-duty security guards invited them to enter the hall.

The presiding judge Andrey Morozov Protocol established the identity of all the defendants, their lawyers, and translators in Uzbek and Tajik languages as well as the victims who were invited to the court as witnesses. Then the question was asked recusations and petitions. Taps followed, but most lawyers asked for a delay of a week because they do not have time before the end of the read all 120 volumes of business. However, the judge Morozov has noticed that they can read materials in the course of the hearings.

Then, after a one hour break, the floor was given to the public Prosecutor Nadezhda Tikhonova. She read the materials of the investigation which followed that a few years ago on the territory of Syria was created by the terrorist community from the natives of the countries of Central Asia.

The goal of the community was “the creation of a Sharia state”, which, according to the investigation, has been declared a Jihad against the “infidels”. Next, Tikhonov listed investigative actions, in which it was found that the accused were familiar with each other.

Defendants with charges do not agree

Reading materials the investigation took about half an hour, and then Hope Tikhonov called articles of the Criminal code, for which the defendants charged. Among them “Facilitating terrorist activity” and “Illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of explosives or explosive devices” and “Illegal manufacture of weapons”. Asked by the judge whether the defendants with the charges, they answered “categorically no.”

The lawyer Marat Sagitov, representing the four defendants, in an interview with DW said that the hearings will be held every working day, and a verdict can be expected in about a month. However, caution the lawyer added, “if the prosecution does not present substantial evidence of the guilt of our clients, the trial may last longer.”

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