Investigation into alleged organizer of 2002 Moscow theater hostage crisis completed
MOSCOW, July 24 (RAPSI) - A criminal investigation against Khasan Zakayev, the alleged mastermind of the hostage seizure at the Dubrovka еheater in southeast Moscow in 2002 that left 130 dead has been completed, attorney Igor Trunov told RAPSI on Friday.
Zakayev, a 41-year-old resident of Chechnya, stands charged with masterminding the terror attack, attempted murder by a group of persons and being a member of a criminal gang. The case against Zakayev is being considered separately, according to Trunov.
Zakayev faces life in prison if convicted.
He has been arrested while attempting to enter the Republic of Crimea using forged documents.
A group of terrorists led by Movsar Barayev took hostage the audience and participants of the Nord-Ost musical on October 23, 2002.
40 attackers were killed. Zakayev is the only one who was arrested, Trunov said earlier.
The majority of hostages were released in an operation planned by Russian security services.
Chechen separatist leader Shamil Basayev who was reportedly killed in 2006 and Gerikhan Dudayev who is still at large are among the organizers of the attack, according to investigators.