21 April 2015, 12:07
Three jailed for life over murder of prominent religious leader in Dagestan
Makhachkala, April 21, Interfax - The Supreme Court of the Republic of Dagestan in Russia's North Caucasus has given life sentences to three people convicted of involvement in the assassination of the prominent religious leader Said Atsayev in a terrorist attack in August 2012.
The court's decision is based on a jury verdict, issued on April 8, an Interfax correspondent reported.
Those convicted include Shikhmirza Labazanov, Magomed Gadzhiyev and Magomed Amirkhanov. The fourth member of the gang, Akhmed Israpilov, was sentenced to 12 years in prison.
These people protected suicide-bomber Saprykina and escorted her to the scene of the terrorist attack.
The crime was committed by Saprykina, who entered the sheikh's home and set off an explosive device strapped to her body. In addition to Said Atsayev, six other people, including an underage child, were killed in the terrorist attack.
In the course of the investigation into the crime, reliable information was obtained that the crime had been arranged by Dagestani ringleaders in order to foment religious confrontation in the region between Muslims professing different teachings of Islam.
Their plan was that the killing of the sheikh, who had indisputable authority in Dagestan, was to provoke an armed conflict in the republic and lead to serious negative consequences. The so-called kadiy (religious leader) of the criminal underworld, Magomed Suleimanov, a native of the village of Gimry in the Untsukul district, was directly responsible for organizing the crime.