Chechen separatist faces trial after 12 years on the lam
MOSCOW, June 28 (RAPSI) - Investigators and prosecutors have filed a case in court in Chechnya against a suspected terrorist who has been wanted for 12 years on suspicion of having killed three Russian soldiers, the Investigative Committee reported on Friday.
The suspected terrorist Salambek Bachayev was arrested on November 9, 2012 in Ishimbai in Bashkortostan after escaping capture for years.
"According to the investigators, Bachayev and three accomplices tracked down and attacked three Russian servicemen in Novoye Solokushino in Chechnya, and stole their firearms as the soldiers were walking back to their unit from the village," the report reads. The three soldiers died.
Bachayev's accomplices, named Maazov and Imaliyev, have been serving prison sentences since 2002.
Bachayev faces life imprisonment.
Earlier, the Prosecutor General's Office announced that other terrorists who planned to derail an oil train in Chechnya have received sentences ranging from 9 to 16 years in a high security prison camp.
The Supreme Court of Chechnya has handed down guilty verdicts to five local residents who created a terrorist group and planned to stage terrorist attacks.
"In June 2011, the conspirators, who planned to derail an oil train, made a bomb in the form of a barrel that they placed under the rails in the Grozny District," the prosecutors said.
According to the investigators, the conspirators were moving the bomb to another section of the railroad when they were sighted by the policemen.
They threw grenades at the policemen, wounding two officers, and attempted to escape but were detained.