Chechen court sentences three militants to long prison terms
ROSTOV-ON-DON July 31 (Interfax)- The Chechen Supreme Court found all
defendants guilty in the criminal case of Asludi Visarigov, Khasan
Abuyev and Khalid Aleroyev, the Southern Federal District branch of
the Prosecutor General's Office told Interfax on Tuesday.
"Based on evidence uncovered in the preliminary investigation
conducted by prosecutors of the South Federal District branch, the
court ruled that the accused in effect participated in illegal armed
formations, banditry, murder and attempts on the lives of law
enforcement officials, illegally possessed arms and committed other
grave crimes," the Prosecutor General's Office said.
The court found that in March 2001 Abuyev took part in the bombing of
a bus carrying policemen from the Vedeno district of Chechnya. It also
found that Visarigov participated in the murder of a deputy head of
the Vedeno district police precinct in October 2000.
The court said that prosecutors proved that Aleroyev was involved in
the transportation and storage of arms and food for gang members and
also carried out other requests.
Visarigov received a sentence of 18 years in jail, Abuyev for 20 and
Aleroyev six years.