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Chechen nationals to testify in trial of Lithuanian terrorism suspect

Eglė Kusaitė
Irmanto Gelūno / 15min nuotr. / Eglė Kusaitė
Šaltinis: BNS

A Vilnius court has summoned Chechen national Casan Arsigirayev to testify in the trial of Lithuanian suspected terrorist Eglė Kusaitė.

The Chechen should give testimony during the Wednesday's hearing.

“He is a Chechen, he testified in the Magmadov case, he is testifying against me, as well," Kusaitė told BNS, adding that the person's testimony would not be in her favor.

During a nearly four-hour hearing on Monday, the court published 20 volumes of case materials.

The pages contain materials collected by the law-enforcement, medical conclusions and other circumstances.

Kusaitė, a young female from port city of Klaipėda, requested that the judges – Virginija Švedienė, Jūratė Damanskienė and Artūras Pažarskis – be removed due to what she said was Švedienė's refusal to allow her to make remarks and explanations during the hearing.

He opinion was seconded by her defense lawyer Kęstutis Stungys. However, Švedienė said the lawyer would be removed from the courtroom, if he continues to make remarks.

The judge suggested that Kusaitė takes notes of her remarks and make her explanations later.

Kusaitė has not yet testified in the case. She told BNS on Monday she would testify after all witnesses make their statements.

Kusaitė was detained in October 2009 on charges of setting up an organized group for a terrorist attack and planning to detonate herself in a strategic object in Chechnya. Kusaitė maintains that the Lithuanian State Security Department agents attempted to include her in terrorism.

After more than nine months of detention, she has been released on a written pledge not to leave the country.

Kusaitė's accomplices, Apti and Aishat Magmadovs, were sentenced last December to six and two years in prison, respectively.

According to data available to Lithuanian prosecutors, Kusaitė had made contacts with Islamic groups and was preparing for a terrorist attack in Chechnya, a republic in North Caucasus striving for independence from Russia. Russian prosecutors say Magmadov and his sister Aishat used a mobile telephone and Internet to persuade Kusaitė into joining the gang and detonate herself in a public place in Russia. According to Russian prosecutors, Magmadov entered the armed gang Imarat Kavkaz operating in Chechnya in 2009.

According to the data, the gang leaders allegedly authorized Magmadov to select Islamic women and ideologically prepare them for a terrorist attack.

Some human rights defenders and politicians have raised questions about the role of the Russian Federal Security Service in the case. The prosecutors have categorically rejected the accusations.

The Magmadov siblings should be questioned in Kusaitė's trial.

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