MOSCOW, December 3 (RAPSI) – Investigators petitioned the Basmanny District Court of Moscow to issue an arrest warrant in absentia for four members of Jabhat al-Nusra terrorist organization banned in Russia, who had been allegedly involved in the death of Russian pilot Roman Filipov in Syria in 2018, the court’s press service told RAPSI on Thursday.

In November, the defendants were placed on the international wanted list.

Depending on their role in the crime they are charged with participation in a terrorist organization, attempted murder and stealing fire arms.

According to the investigation, on February 3, 2018, terrorists fired a plane piloted by Filipov from an air defense system in the Syrian air space. The officer ejected himself from the aircraft and entered a battle with the terrorists after landing. Being among the terrorists he blown himself up with a grenade. After the pilot’s death, the terrorists stole his pistol, hardhat and oxygen mask.