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The lawyer of Nurpashi Kulayev has said he has filed an appeal against the sentence passed on his client by the Supreme Court of North Ossetia
The lawyer of Nurpashi Kulayev, the sole participant in the hostage-taking attack in Beslan captured alive, has said he has filed an appeal against the sentence passed on his client by the Supreme Court of North Ossetia. Lawyer Albert Pliyev, representing Kulayev’s interests, said “I am asking the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation to cancel the verdict, because I regard it as unlawful and groundless.” The defense lawyer argues that in the court trials “the prosecution failed to present evidence of Kulayev’s complicity in the crimes he was charged with.” Kulayev himself insisted the verdict should be appealed against. “After the sentence I had a word with my client, and he insisted on an appeal. I am obliged to draft the protest and to file it within the established ten-day deadline,” the lawyer said after the trial. The North Ossetian Supreme Court on May 26 found Kulayev guilty on eight counts, including banditry, murder and hostage taking. Kulayev responded to the verdict with the sneer, “That’s fairy tales.” The prosecution expressed satisfaction over the sentence. As he emerged from the courtroom after the sentence finished to be read out, Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai Shepel said “we are satisfied over the verdict, because Kulayev was found guilty on all counts.” The plaintiffs’ laywer, Soslan Kochiev, agreed. “Kulayev has been properly punished. Regrettably, we do not have a sentence tougher than the life imprisonment,” he said. In the attack on Beslan’s school N. 1 on September 1-3, 2004 a group of militants took 1,128 hostages. On the very first day sixteen men were shot inside the school building. The terrorist attack claimed the lives of 317 hostages, including 186 children. Another 728 hostages were injured. In the operation to free the hostages ten officers of the special task center of the federal security service FSB died, and another 55 law enforcers were injured. The material damage from the terrorist attack is estimated at 34 million rubles.
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