Supreme Court resumes trial on May bombing case

DAGESTAN, October 11, Caucasus Times – Tomorrow, the Supreme Court of Dagestan will be reopening trial on the bombing case in Kaspiysk that came on May 9, 2002. The trial was suspended two months ago due to some evidences to be collected.

The prosecutor said dozens of people, as well participants as spectators, died in the bomb explosion several of them children that day when the procession was marching down the street of Kaspiysk on the Day of Victory. There were eight hot suspects, according to police, who allegedly staged the bombing.

The investigators established the terror attack was masterminded and carried out by a terrorist grouping led by a notorious field commander in Chechnya Rappani Halilov, a native of Dagestan. Three suspects had been arrested and charged with the terror bombing, namely Murad Abdurazakov (nicknamed “Abkhaz” as a participant of battles in Abkhazia, the outbreak republic of Georgia), Abdulhalim Abdulkarimov and Hanaly Umakhanov.

The defendants have pleaded not guilty, claiming they had been tormented being under interrogations in jail. One of the defendants had been taken for medical treatment to Kizilyurt corrections hospital.

Mr. Umakhanov’s relatives clamed he was suffering serious mental disorder caused by torments he had been subjected to in jail.

Rashid Kaplanov, Makhachkala, Caucasus Times

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