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Court to announce verdict for suspected mastermind behind failed Red Square blast

November 28, 2012, 10:13 UTC+3

Prosecutor for the state asked the court to sentence Ilyas Saidov to 15 years in prison

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MOSCOW, November 28 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow City Court on Thursday will hand down a verdict in the criminal case against Ilyas Saidov, accused of involvement in the preparations to stage an act of terror in Red Square on December 31, 2010.

The prosecutor for the state asked the court to sentence Saidov to 15 years in prison. Saidov's lawyer pointed out at the mitigating circumstances, including his client's pleading guilty and cooperation with the investigators.

The defendant stated he left it to the court to decide on the jail term.

The trial was held under special procedure, i.e. without the inquest, as the defendant had signed a plea bargain agreement. The punishment cannot exceed two-third of the maximum prison term.

Saidov was charged with a total of 18 counts of banditry, acts of terror, attempted murders of law-enforcement official, murders and illegal turnover of weapons. Three articles of the penal code under which he is accused envision life imprisonment.

Prosecutor Natalia Troshkina said he had fully met the terms of the plea bargain deal. "He described the composition of the gang in detail and its leaders, including an Emir Daudov who was later destroyed."

Also, Saidov testified about a number of terrorist attacks about which the investigation had had no information before. He disclosed the locations of weapons caches and testified about the murder of high-placed Dagestan police official Ramazan Radzhabov and his deputy.

At one of the hearings, Saidov said he was worried about the safety of his relatives. "I confessed to the crime, identified all the gang members in the photos; some of them are still at large; so I have sufficient reasons to believe that they will threaten my relatives and may go as far as kill them," he said.

The investigator said Saidov had voluntarily jointed the gang led by Ibragimkhalil Daudov in Dagestan in 2010. The purpose of the gang's criminal activity was to ensure separation of the North Caucasus from Russia, unsettle the socio-political situation in the region and assassinate officials and law-enforcement personnel, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Tass.

In 2010, Saidov, together with his accomplices, was involved in the attempted murder of police and servicemen, murders of civilians, three acts of terror and three attempted terrorist attacks. He illegally stored, transported and carried firearms, ammunition and explosive devices.

During the preparations to stage an act of terror in Red Square in Moscow, Saidov brought two bombs on a bus from Makhachkala to Moscow. The bombs were intended for suicide bombers, Zeinap Suyunova and Zavzhat Daudova. The crime was not carried through as one of the bomb self-detonated, killing Daudova, while Suyunova was unable to come to the venue of the terrorist attack.

He committed other acts of terror on Dagestan railways, causing an estimated damage of 30 million rubles. Together with his accomplices, he killed two law-enforcers /the head of the local department for combating extremism and his deputy/ and three civilians in Izberbash.

A number of Saidov's accomplices were destroyed in special anti-terrorist operations in Dagestan and Stavropol Territory. Four gang members, including Zeinap Suyunova and Timur Akubekov, were convicted by the Moscow City Court. The other six are under investigation.


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