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News coverage of hostage-taking was life-threatening
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, 02 2015

ImageSix survivors taken hostage on January 9th, 2015in a kosher supermarket in Paris have filed a civil lawsuit against news agencies covering the attack. Theybelieve that reporters put their lives in danger.

French police are investigating the complaints. Thelawsuit is against the BFM TV news site, which carried a live broadcast from the scene and was highlighted separately (by other stations).

(In that attack) Amedie Coulibaly killed four hostages before police stormed the store and shot the assailant.

He was associated with persons who entered the editorial department of the weekly satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. Healso killed a policewoman the day before taking hostages in thestore.

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Court upholds extension of detention of suspect accused
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, 24 2015

Court upholds extension of detention of suspect accused in Dubrovka attack

{mosimageMoscow City Court upheld an extension of the detention of Hassan Zakayev, who is accused in the case of terrorist attack on the Dubrovka theatrical center. Thiswas reported by Interfax in reference to an appellate court ruling. Earlier, the Presnensky court of Moscow had extended Zakayev’s term of detention until June 21st.

According to investigators, Zakayev was a member of an organized criminal group led by Shamil Basayev and participated in the preparation of the terrorist attack on Dubrovka in 2002. According to the Investigative Committee of Russia (ICR), he organized the delivery of weapons and explosive devices used by the terrorists to Moscow.

The investigation into the terrorist attack was reopened in connection with Zakayev's capture during an attempt to enter the Crimea from Ukraine using forged documents.

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Court extends detention of Chechen native suspected
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, 17 2015

Court extends detention of Chechen native suspected in the Dubrovka terrorist attack

ImageThe Presnensky court in Moscow has left Hassan Zakayev in custody for another four months. Heis suspected of aiding the organizers in the capture of the Dubrovka Theatrical Center on October 23, 2002.

Caucasian Knot reported earlier that on December 17, 2014, it became known that the investigation into the terrorist attack that took place during the musical ‘Nord-Ost’ had resumed. Thiswas in connection with the detention of Hassan Zakayev, a 41-year-old native of Chechnya, who was detained while trying to enter the Crimea from Ukraine using forged documents. ThePresnensky district court in Moscow set his detention to last until February 18, 2015.

Today it became known that the court has granted a request by investigators, and extended Hassan Zakayev's detention until June 21, according to reports by the RAPSI court press service.

There have not yet been any reports of comments by Hassan Zakayev or his representatives.

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Terrorist did not make parole
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, 13 2015

ImagePrisoner Akhyad Mezhiyev has passed away in infirmary #12 of the Russian federal penitentiary system. In2004, he had been convicted of complicity in two high-profile terrorist attacks in Moscow the bombing of a McDonald's restaurant, and aiding in the capture of hostages at the musical ‘Nord-Ost’. According to unofficial information, he died from a severe form of tuberculosis. Aninvestigation conducted into the circumstances of his death found no evidence of wrongdoing.

Akhyad Mezhiyev was the youngest member Chechen native Aslambek Khaskhanov's criminal gang. Hewas brought to court for participating in the bombing of a McDonald's located in the southwest of Moscow, and for the taking of hostages at the Dubrovka theater. In2004, 18-year-old Akhyad Mezhiyev was sentenced to 18years by Moscow City Court under Article 105of the Criminal Code (murder), Article 222(trafficking in weapons), and Article 205(committing a terrorist act). Hisbrother Alikhan Mezhiyev received 22years. Akhyad Mezhiyev had been serving out his sentence in one of the penal colonies in the Kirov region, and in five years would have qualified for parole.

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Terrorist attack on Dubrovka: A case, but no answers
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, 17 2014

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The reopening of the investigation into the October 2002attack on actors and spectators at the musical Nord-Ost

On Wednesday, Russia's Investigative Committee (ICRF) confirmed several media reports on the resumption of the criminal investigation into the seizure of the Dubrovka Theater Center, which occurred October 23, 2002. In2007, the Moscow city prosecutor's office suspended the investigation due to the fact that it was not possible to detain organizers of the attack. Sixterrorist accomplices received sentences ranging from 81/2 to 22years in prison. ICRFrepresentative Vladimir Markin reported on the arrest of Chechen native Hassan Zakayev, who is suspected of organizing the attack. Hewas arrested in August, but information about this has only lately appeared in themedia.

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