St. Petersburg terrorist attack: defendant left in custody

St. Petersburg terrorist attack: defendant left in custody
Accused of complicity in the organization of the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg metro Sodik Ortikov Photo: © RIA Novosti. Grigory Sysoev

Lawyer of Sodik Ortikov, accused of complicity in the organization of an explosion in the St. Petersburg metro, asked the court to cancel the arrest, insisting on the innocence of his client.

On Monday, April 24, the Moscow City Court recognized the arrest of one of the defendants upon the case of the terrorist attack in the metro of St. Petersburg Sodik Ortikov until June 3 lawful. This was reported by the press service of the court.

The defendant's lawyer insisted on the innocence of his client and asked the judge to recognize the arrest as illegal.

It follows from the materials announced in the court: Ortikov said during the interrogation that the seized "weapons and ammunition do not belong to him."

"I come to Russia to earn money, I nourish on the family. I did not have such dirt, I did not do that. I earn by fair means. I'm not guilty, I'm not guilty before anyone," RIA Novosti quoted Ortikov. Lawyer Igor Razin, in turn, added that his client did not know how his weapon turned out to be under his mattress in the room where he was renting a bed-place.

The terrorist act in the subway of St. Petersburg occurred on April 3. According to the investigation, suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov launched an explosive device in the train car between the stations Technologichesky Institut and Sennaya Ploshchad.

On the fact of the explosion, a criminal case was initiated under Art. 205 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (Terrorist Act), accepted for production by the Main Department for priority cases of the Investigative Committee of Russia.

In total, ten people have been detained in the case of the terrorist act in the metro of St. Petersburg. According to the FSB, the organizer of the attack was native of Central Asia Abror Azimov, he was detained in Odintsovo district of the Moscow region. During the detention, a pistol was seized. His brother Akram Azimov was also taken into custody. He is suspected of having "falsified the documents of members of an international terrorist organization" so that they can freely enter Russia, and "personally received money in the territory of the Republic of Turkey from an active member of an international terrorist organization."

In addition, on April 7, the Basmanny Court arrested Sodik Ortikov and Shokhista Karimova, workers of the restaurant from the same district of the Moscow region. During the search there were found pistols with ammunition, grenades, explosives and detonators.

As a result of operational and security measures, Seyfulla Khakimov, Ibrahibzhon Ermatov, Dilmurod Muidinov, Bahram Yergashev, Azamzhon Mahmudov and Mahamadyusuf Mirzaalimov were also detained in St. Petersburg.⁠

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