Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Biggest Trial in Russia: 58 Suspects Accused Of Raid On Nalchik In 2005

Posted by Info on 27/02/2011

On the edge of this city Nalchik in southern Russia is a steel-roofed building the size of a small aircraft hangar.
The building was constructed for a single purpose: the trial of 58 suspects the largest number of defendants for a single legal proceeding in modern Russian history – accused of joining in an Islamist guerrilla raid on Nalchik on Oct. 13, 2005.

Even 142 people died in the attack the trial has been going on virtually unnoticed by the outside world since March 2009. Most Russians have no clue it is even taking place.

Three judges occupied a podium,to their right sat a handful of blue-suited prosecutors. To their left, about 30 defense lawyers bent over their papers at a long line of benches. Behind the lawyers were six cages holding the defendants, mostly thickly bearded men in tracksuits and baseball caps. The all men in the cages are facing life sentences for allegedly causing the death of scores of people in coordinated attacks on police stations, Federal Security Service (FSB) offices, military buildings, and a gun store.

What makes the Nalchik assault unique is that 58 suspects survived in custody, unlike earlier raids where most, if not all, the terrorists were killed in the fighting. And yet no one was punished for the excesses. “The events that led up to October 13 2005 were never properly dealt with.”…more HERE

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