Russian Supreme Court to hear appeals against 2017 high-speed train terror plot sentence
MOSCOW, May 25 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court will hear appeals against seven members of the Islamic State terrorist organization (ISIS) banned in Russia, who have been convicted of attempted terrorist attack on Sapsan high-speed train in 2017, RAPSI has learnt from the court’s press service.
The appeals are scheduled for June 29.
In July 2019, the defendants received prison terms ranging from 15 to 21 years for participating in this plot.
According to the court’s ruling, the men were found guilty of the organized preparing a terrorist attack, participating in a terrorist group and illegal arms trafficking.
Investigators and the court found that seven natives of Tajikistan being ISIS members drafted a plan of a terrorist attack to crash a Sapsan high-speed train in 2017. On July 2017, they set up a construction on a railway track designed to trigger the accident. However, the train did not jump the rails, but train carriages cracked up. Damage caused was estimated at 55 million rubles (about $800,000 at the current exchange rate).