UNITED24 - Make a charitable donation in support of Ukraine!

Homeland Security

MAN ACCUSED OF INVOLVEMENT IN TERRORIST ACTS IN SUMMER OF 2004 PLEADS GUILTY

RIA Novosti

DOMODEDOVO (Moscow suburbs), April 12 (RIA Novosti) - One of the suspects in the cases of the terrorist acts on board Tu-134 and Tu-154 liners last summer has partially admitted his guilt. Armen Arutyunyan, profiteering in air tickets, helped the women terrorists to get tickets to the airliner.

The second defendant, Nikolai Korenkov, an official of the Sibir airlines, said, after an indictment was announced, that he doubted that he was guilty.

The indictment was announced in the Domodedovo City Court on Tuesday. Korenkov and Arutyunyan are charged with criminal negligence and bribery.

Besides, Mikhail Artamonov of the Domodedovo police is accused of complicity in exploding the liners. He also is charged with negligence that caused people's death. His case is been examined in separate proceedings.

Prosecutor General Vladimir Ustinov specified earlier that Artamonov let the two women pass without examination, after which the women committed a terrorist act on board the liners. "Nagayeva and Dzhebirkhanova arrived at the airport in Moscow from Makhachkala at 19:45. The police detected them and handed them over to Captain Artamonov. But the captain let them go without any examination," Ustinov said.

After that the terrorists decided to buy tickets for another flight. According to the indictment, Arutyunyan bought a ticket for one of the women terrorists, Dzhebirkhanova, for a Moscow-Sochi flight. But the ticket was for another date, and Arutyunyan asked Korenkov to take her on board the liner for an additional pay, the indictment says.

According to the investigators, Korenkov wrote a corresponding permission on Dzhebirkhanova's ticket, which allowed her to leave Moscow. She switched on the explosive device at 23:00, killing 46 people - the passengers and the crew, the indictment says.

Ninety people died in the terrorist acts committed in the Tu-134 and Tu-154 liners in the summer of 2004.



NEWSLETTER
Join the GlobalSecurity.org mailing list