Detention of Domodedovo Airport ex-managers in relation to 2011 terror attack appealed
MOSCOW, February 12 (RAPSI) – Prosecutors have appealed the detention of former director of Domodedovo Airport Vyacheslav Nekrasov and two other former managers who stand charged with the provision of services that allegedly do not meet security standards in connection with 2011 terrorist attack that left 37 dead, the Basmanny District Court’s spokesperson Yunona Tsareva told RAPSI on Friday.
Earlier, the court ordered the detention of Nekrasov, Svetlana Trishina, ex-head of Export Management Company Limited and Andrei Danilov, ex-Director of Domodedovo Airport Aviation Security until February 28 despite the objection of prosecution. According to prosecutors, actions of the defendants have been defined incorrectly and the period of limitation for the crimes committed by them has already expired.
Investigators believe that the defendants have not provided sufficient security level that let the suicide bomber freely enter the arrival lounge and set off an explosive.
Defense also filed an appeal challenging the detention of Nekrasov, Danilov and Trishina. According to the lawyers, there is no connection between the terror attack and actions of former airport managers.
On January 24, 2011, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb in the Domodedovo Airport’s international arrivals hall, killing 37 people and injuring 172. Doku Umarov, Russia’s most wanted terrorist at the time, claimed responsibility for the attack. Altogether, 28 men connected with the terrorist organization called the Caucasus Emirate were linked to the attack, according to the investigators. Seventeen of them were killed in special operations in 2011, and four were detained.
In November 2013, a Moscow Region court sentenced three men to life in prison and a fourth man to 10 years for their role in the suicide bombing.
The question of Domodedovo Airport’s ownership arose back in 2011, when the investigators first stated that they couldn’t determine the owner of the airport.
The Investigative Committee initiated criminal proceedings against the airport’s former managers for failing to guarantee the safety of passengers, which resulted in the death of two or more people. The airport administration argued that this charge was inapplicable to the case in point and that they were only made responsible for airport entrance control in 2014, after the law on transport security was amended.