Four Suspected Moscow Attackers Charged with Terrorism

Mon Mar 25 2024
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MOSCOW: Four men were charged with terrorism on Sunday for their suspected involvement in the Moscow concert hall attack that killed at least 137 people.

According to a statement from Moscow’s Basmanny district court the charged men, facing a life sentence in prison, will remain in custody till the trial is pending.

The court ordered the police to detain the men until May 22, but that could be extended depending on the next date of the trail.

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The statement said, two of the defendants had pleaded guilty and one from Tajikistan, completely acknowledged his guilt.  Officials have already said the gunmen involved in the attack were all foreign citizens.

Russian officials say they have apprehended 11 people in connection with Friday’s attack at the Crocus City Hall in Moscow, including four of those who carried out the killings.

The court released footage of the tragic incident showing three suspects being brought to a courtroom handcuffed. They were sitting in a glass cell reserved for defendants. While a fourth suspect came on a wheelchair, with closed eyes.

One of the defendants had bandage on his ears, as in earlier videos of their arrest, three of them had bloodied faces.

Although Daesh has claimed responsibility for the attack, Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed finger at Kyiv when he stated that they had been arrested while trying to flee to Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the United States have rejected the involvement of Kyiv in any such attack.

The attack was the deadliest carried out in Russia since the start of the 2000s.

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