St. Petersburg metro suicide bomber’s action coordinator sentenced to life
ST. PETERSBURG, December 10 (RAPSI) – Abror Azimov found guilty of coordination of the preparation and committing of the St. Petersburg metro suicide bomber terror attack in 2017 on Tuesday was sentenced to life in prison, the United press service of St. Petersburg courts told RAPSI.
Additionally, he was fined 800,000 rubles ($12,500)
Azimov along with 10 other defendants were convicted of participating in a terrorist group, two attempted terrorist attacks, one committed terrorist act, illegal arms trafficking, producing, possession and transportation of explosives.
Azimov’s brother Akram and Mukhamadyusup Ermatov were ordered to 28-year imprisonment and a 700,000-ruble fine each. Ibragimzhon Ermatov received 27 years in a high-security prison and a 600,000-ruble fine. Sodik Ortikov was sentenced to 23 years behind bars and fined 500,000 rubles. Mukhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov, Azamzhon Makhmudov, Dilmurod Muidinov were given 20 years in jail and 500,000-ruble fines each. Bakhram Ergashev and Seyfulla Khakimov are to serve 19 years in a high-security prison each and to pay 500,000-ruble fines. The only woman charged in the case Shokhista Karimova received 20 years in jail and a 500,000-ruble fine.
A court also granted a 695,000-ruble claim filed by the St. Petersburg metro against the defendants.
In November, prosecutor Nadezhda Tikhonova asked court to sentence four defendants in the case to life in prison. Moreover, she demanded prison terms ranging from 27 to 28 years for six other men involved in the case. She also demanded a 20-year prison sentence for the only woman charged in the case Shokhista Karimova.
According to the prosecutor, the defendants are members of a criminal group and are charged with participation in a terrorist network, attempt to commit two terrorist attack, illegal arms trafficking, producing, keeping and carriage of explosives.
On April 3, 2017, at around 2:40 PM Moscow time, suicide bomber Akbarzhon Dzhalilov carried two explosive devices to the St. Petersburg metro. One device exploded in a train between St. Petersburg metro stations Technological Institute and Sennaya Ploshchad. Over 50 were wounded, 15 people died in the blast. People allegedly involved in the crime were arrested in Moscow and St. Petersburg.