KARACHAEVO-CHERKESSIA, 20 December, Caucasus Times. Court session dealing with the case of the attack on the House of Government of Karachaevo-Cherkessia and mass unrest in the city of Cherkessk in the fall last year took place in the Supreme Court of Karachevo-Cherkessia.
Sources in the Republican Supreme Court informed CaucasusTimes correspondent that at the request of the lawyers of the accused persons those accused had been interrogated during the court session.
“Evidence given by the accused persons corresponded to their evidence given in the course of investigation. The thing is that they were not among the organizers of the capture of the House of Government and mass unrest, but they took part in those processes”, – representative of the Supreme Court said.
Two accused persons – A. Bogatyrev and R. Akbaev explained in their evidence that they stopped their advance when they proved to be in the foyer of the House of Government. A. Klaipanov, another accused person, informed that in the process of advancing together with the crowd he found himself in the presidential office, but he did not participate in any pogroms there.
Judge of the Supreme Court of Karachaevo-Cherkessia Murat Urusov who is in charge of this process announced a break until 23 December.
Case dealing with the pogrom in the House of Government of Karachaevo-Cherkessia and mass unrest in the city of Cherkessk was initiated after the events in the fall last year when around 500 persons indignated by the killing of six young people near camping “Kavkazcement” and Rasul Bogatyrev, Deputy of the People’s Council of Kabardino-Balkaria, burst into the main administartive building of the republic.
Meetings on the central square in Cherkessk which lasted for several days preceded the capture and pogrom of the House of Government. Pogrom caused a damage to the republican budget, which equaled to around four million rubles.
In the course of investigation three young men – Aslanbek Bogatyrev, Ruslan Akbaev and Alim Laipanov were identified as those who were noticed in the crowd, which burst into the governmental building. They are accused of organizing and participating in the unrest in Cherkessk in the fall 2004 and resorting to dangerous violance against the representatives of the authorities.
During the trial the accused persons admitted their participation in the capture of the governmental house, but denied the fact that they were among the organizers of this action.