11 People sentenced to Prison for Saint Petersburg Bombing

Russian court sentenced 11 people to life imprisonment after finding them guilty of a deadly bomb attack on the Saint Petersburg metro in 2017.

Abror Azimov, 29, who is from Kyrgyzstan, was sentenced by a military court in Russia’s second biggest city to life in prison for organising and participating in a terrorist group.

Ten other people who are also from Central Asia were sentenced to between 19 and 28 years in prison.

All had denied the charges, and many said they were tortured.

Shokhista Karimova, 48, pounded the glass of the courtroom cage and cried “let me go” after she was handed a 20-year term.

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The bomb blast in April 2017 killed 15 people in the Saint Petersburg metro and wounded dozens more.

The alleged perpetrator, Akbarjon Djalilov, a 22-year-old from Kyrgyzstan, died in the attack.

Ten of the defendants were accused of acting as accomplices, notably by providing Djalilov with explosives and false documents.

The charges ranged from organising a terrorist group and perpetrating an “act of terror” to weapons trafficking and making explosive devices.

Source: AFP

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