Court arrests assumed St. Petersburg terrorist attack orchestrator

Court arrests assumed St. Petersburg terrorist attack orchestrator
Abror Azimov Photo: Anton Novoderezhkin / TASS

The Basmanny Court sentenced Abror Azimov, whom the investigation considers involved in the explosion in the metro of St. Petersburg, to custody for a month and a half. Azimov announced that he had helped terrorists, but had not been aware of their plans.

Accused of involvement in the terrorist attack in the metro of St. Petersburg, Abror Azimov was arrested for 1 month and 16 days. It was judge of the Basmanny Court of Moscow Arthur Karpov who made such a decision, RBC correspondent reports from the session hall.

It was investigator Andrey Zhigulin who applied for the arrest of Azimov. At the hearing he said that on April, 17 Azimov was detained on suspicion of organizing an act of terrorism and illegal arms trafficking and "confirmed his participation in the preparation of the explosion". When being detained a Makarov pistol, four cartridges, several mobile phones and SIM cards were seized from him. The need to put Azimov in custody he justified by the fact that he can "contact accomplices who are not currently identified".

"I agree with the arrest. I do not agree with the fact that I recognized my involvement in the preparation of the explosion", –Azimov explained. – There was my participation, but indirect. I did not realize that I was helping organizing the terrorist act. I was given a command, and I performed it". The judge and the investigator prevented him from explaining what exactly he had done. "We are not interrogating you right now", – Karpov interrupted.

Azimov was born in Jalal-Abad, renounced the citizenship of Kyrgyzstan, received a Russian passport and recently had lived in Lesnoy Gorodok of Odintsovo district of the Moscow region. He finished only seven school classes; at the time of his arrest he had no official work. Azimov is married, he has a two-year-old child.

According to the FSB, Azimov "prepared suicide bomber" Akbarzhon Jalilov, who blew up a bomb on the runway between Sennaya Ploshchad and Technological Institute stations on April, 3. Victims of the terrorist attack were 15 people, more than 60 were injured.

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