5 Jul 2019 17:51

Rostov-on-Don military court jails N. Ossetia terror attacks case defendant for 19 yrs

ROSTOV-ON-DON. July 5 (Interfax) - The North-Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has handed down a sentence of 19-years' imprisonment to Aslan Yandiyev in the case of the explosion of a power station and a mobile communication transponder in North Ossetia in 2005-2006, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

"The court ruled to find Yandiyev guilty and sentence him to 19 years in a high-security penal colony," the judge said.

It was reported earlier that the state prosecutor requested that the court sentence Yandiyev to 20 years in a penal colony.

According to the investigators, in December 2005, Yandiyev and other members of the gang, Ozdoyev, Tsurov, and Khamkhoyev, caused an explosion near the Vladikavkaz 2 power station using a rocket-propelled grenade. In June 2006, they blew up a power control room of the Mobikom-Kavkaz mobile network operator's transponder. No people were injured during the explosions.

After committing the crimes, the defendant fled using forged documents and was added to wanted lists. In January 2011, he was detained in Slovakia and extradited to Russia in 2018.

Yandiyev was charged with participation in a gang, arms trafficking, terror attacks, and attempted murder.

In 2007, gang members Tsurov, Khadziev, and Ozdoyev were sentenced to 24, 23, and 18 years of imprisonment, respectively, and Khamkhoyev was eliminated during a special operation in 2006.