Terrorists who attacked town of Budyonnovsk in 1995 sentenced to long imprisonment

Terrorists who attacked town of Budyonnovsk in 1995 sentenced to long imprisonment
Ramzan Belyalov and Magomed Mazdaev in court Photo: RIA Novosti

Ramzan Belyalov and Magomed Mazdaev are accused of taking hostages and organizing a terrorist attack.

The North Caucasian District Military Court sentenced Ramzan Belyalov and Magomed Mazdaev, accused in the case of the attack on Budyonnovsk as part of the terrorist group Shamil Basayev in 1995, to 15 and 13 years in prison. This is reported by TASS.

Belyalov and Mazdaev were accused of Banditry (Article 209 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), Kidnapping (Article 126.1 of the Criminal Code), Possession of Drugs (Article 228 of the Criminal Code) and Terrorist Act (Article 205 of the Criminal Code). The Prosecutor's Office demanded to sentence Mazdaev to 14.5 years of imprisonment. In the case of Belyalov, the court agreed with the prosecutors.

The defendants pleaded not guilty. According to Belyalov, during the taking of hostages in Budyonnovsk he was working in another region. The defense of the accused intends to appeal the verdict. According to lawyer Ilyas Timishev, at the time of the attack on Budyonnovsk there were no articles on terrorism and participation in the gang formation in the Criminal Code.

The attack on the city of Budyonnovsk of the Stavropol Territory occurred in 1995. The terrorist group of 200 people, led by Shamil Basayev, took more than 1600 residents of the city hostage. They were convoyed to a local hospital. As a result of the terrorist attack, 129 people were killed and 415 injured. In 2006, organizer of the attack Shamil Basayev was killed during a special operation in Ingushetia.

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