The Supreme court has reduced the sentence of the accomplice of the terrorist attack on Dubrovka, Zakaev
MOSCOW, 29 Sep — RIA Novosti. The Supreme court on Tuesday reduced the sentence of the accomplice of the terrorist attack on Dubrovka Hassan Zakayev from 19 years to 18 years and 9 months, the correspondent of RIA Novosti news from the courtroom.
The court announced only the operative part of the decision, from which it follows that the court has removed from the accusation Zakayev unnecessarily imputed episodes, in particular transportation and storage of weapons, and also reclassified some of the charges, such as complicity in promoting terrorism.
The tragedy in the Moscow theater center on Dubrovka occurred on October 23-26, 2002: a group of militants took hostage the audience of the musical “Nord-OST” and theatre employees. Almost three days later occurred the storming of the building, the terrorists were killed, and the surviving hostages. The attack killed 130 hostages.
In the process, Zakayev has admitted that he transported weapons used by the terrorists, but did not know what he is taking and for what purpose. According to him, for the delivery of arms, he received about four thousand dollars and a mobile phone.
In this case the accused denied complicity in the terrorist acts, murders and hostage-taking.
Prosecutors in the indictment stated that Zakayev was part of a group “of Chechen separatists, who acted with the purpose to influence the authorities of Russia and the withdrawal of troops conducted counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya.” Zakayev was instructed to deliver to Moscow detonators and explosive devices, including those disguised as fuel tanks.
At this time his partners were looking for a place to attack. As stated in the Prosecutor’s office, the militants before the seizure of hostages at Dubrovka had planned another two attacks: booby-trapped two cars and left them at the “Okhotny Ryad” and “McDonald’s” on Malaya Bronnaya, the machines were on a timer at the time of the explosion.
However, in one of the machines without triggering the detonator disconnected the wire, and instead of Semtex in the explosive device was his imitator. In the second car the detonator worked, but there was also a simulator.
The terrorists also considered the possibility of capture of the Bolshoi theater, DK Gorbunova, and a Large concert hall named after Tchaikovsky.