Tuesday, January 18, 2005


The sad story of Zara Murtazaliyeva, the young Chechen woman who was accused by Russian authorities of being a "suicide bomber", has now reached a turning-point, with her being sentenced to nine years of imprisonment by a Moscow court. The BBC has a report:
Her lawyer said the evidence against her was fabricated by the police, and there was no proof she tried to recruit other suicide bombers, only conversations with two Muslim women she met in which it is claimed she criticised Russia's government and sympathised with Chechen groups.

An appeal is planned.

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