Prosecutor seeks to jail woman accused of St. Petersburg metro terror attack for 20 years
ST. PETERSBURG, November 19 (RAPSI, Mikhail Telekhov) – A prosecutor on Tuesday demanded a 20-year prison sentence for the only woman charged in the St. Petersburg metro terror attack case, RAPSI was told in the United press service of St. Petersburg courts.
On Monday, 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. However, she failed to voice a sought term for accused Shokhista Karimova because the woman fainted. The hearing therefore was postponed.
According to prosecutor Nadezhda Tikhonova, 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.