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Court starts hearings into 'hexogen case'


: German Prokhorov   .Ru

Moscow has seen the beginning of the trial against two suspected terrorists who carried out attacks in Moscow and Volgodonsk in 1999, killing nearly 250 Russian citizens. One of them has partially admitted his guilt. The other one despite having confessed to the wrongdoings ascribed to him during preliminary investigation, has later retracted his testimony.

The trial against Adam Dekkushev, 40, and Yusuf Krymshamkhalov, 35, accused of involvement in carrying out terror attacks on residential buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk in September 1999 began in the Russian capital on Friday. The two men are charged with participating in illegal armed formations, terrorism, premeditated murder, illegal manufacturing and possession of weapons.

The trial will be held behind the closed doors. Investigation into the terror attacks perpetrated in Moscow on September 9 and 13, 1999 and in Volgodonsk on September 16, 1999 was carried out by the Prosecutor Generals Office. In April this year the probe was reported to be completed. A month ago the Prosecutor Generals Office endorsed the indictment act and delivered the case file to the court.

Investigators said that a resident of Kislovodsk Yusuf Krymshamkhalov was the right-hand man of Achemez Gochiyayev, a native of the North-Caucasian republic Karachai-Cherkessia, registered in Moscow. Prosecutors believe Gochiyayev to be the mastermind of the apartment bombings in Moscow. Gochiyayevs group comprised 15 people including Yusuf Krymshamkhalov, Adam Dekkushev, Timur Batchayev, Khakim and Alim Abayevs and Denis Saitakov.

Investigators have established that preparations for the attacks were carried out at Chechen rebel bases in Serzhen-Yurt and at a mineral fertilizer plant in Urus-Martan where the explosive mixture used in the bombings was made. The work was carried out under the guidance of Arab mercenaries Abu Umar and Abu Dzhafar; the field commander Khattab acted as a spiritual inspirer for the rebels. All three were later killed.

In summer 1999 the terrorists shipped hexogen, disguised as sugar, to a foodstuffs storage in Kislovodsk. At the entrance to the city the truck was met by a traffic police officer Stanislav Lyubichev who was later detained by investigators.

At the storage that belonged to Krymshamkhalovs uncle the rebels packed the explosives in bags marked with a logo of a local sugar plant. Adam Dekkushev found a truck which later was used to transport explosives to Moscow.

Having determined the plan of action the terrorists divided into several groups. The first group, headed by Krymshamkhalov, went to Moscow. That group included several people who had studied explosives, including Denis Saitakov, Khakim Abayev and Ravil Akhmyarov.

Achemez Gochiyayev met them in Moscow and on the following day the hexogen was delivered at three addresses Guryanova Street, Kashirskoye Shosse and Borisovskiye Prudy. Shortly afterwards, two blasts tore through residential buildings in Guryanova Street and Kashirskoye Shosse, claiming 228 lives.

Meanwhile, another group of terrorists headed to the village Mirnyi, near Mineralnyye Vody, where the terrorists decided to store two tons of hexogen in a shed of Krymshamkhalovs distant relative. In early September 1999 Timur Batchayev and Adam Dekkushev brought the explosives to Volgodonsk.

According to FSB, except for their leader, all members of Gochiyayevs group have been either detained or killed in the course of the counter-terrorist operation in Chechnya.

Three years ago the Stavropol regional court handed of verdict of guilty on several members of Krymshamkhalovs group. Aslan Bastanov, Murat Bastanov, Muratbi Bairamukov, Muratbi Tuganbayev and Taikan Frantsuzov were sentenced to prison terms ranging from 9 to 15 years.

The prosecutors detained Krymshamkhalov less than a year ago. The suspect was arrested in Georgia and extradited to Russia at the request of the Prosecutor Generals Office. A bit earlier Dekkushev, too, was deported to Russia from Georgia. As for Gochiyayev, his name is still on the federal wanted list.

On the first day of trial Yusuf Krymshamkhalov partially admitted his guilt. According to Krymshamkhalovs lawyer, Shamil Arifulov, his client had said he did accompany the shipment of the explosives to Volgodonsk, but he had no idea that the substance packed in sugar bags was hexogen needed for perpetration of terrorist attacks.

Besides, Krymshamkhalov admitted he had received training at a rebel camp. Also he confessed to illegal crossing of the state border between Russia and Georgia. However, he resolutely refuted accusations of his alleged involvement in illegal armed formation, claiming he had never taken part in any combat actions.

On his part, Adam Dekkushev pleaded innocent on Friday, thus retracting his testimony made during preliminary investigation. According to his lawyer, Natalia Tarasevich, earlier Dekkushev had admitted that together with Krymshamkhalov he had accompanied a shipment of hexogen, packed in sugar bags, without having any idea as to what was inside. On the first day of his trial Dekkushev said he had perjured himself under duress.

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