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Terrorism suspect Eglė Kusaitė says she was subjected to interrogators' violence as court releases her testimony

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On Monday, a Vilnius court started publishing testimony of Lithuania's suspected terrorist Eglė Kusaitė, accused of plotting a terrorist attack in Chechnya. Meanwhile, the young woman says she was subjected to violence during her interrogation.

Vilnius Regional Court heard that Kusaitė told a Vilnius judge in April 2010 she wanted to commit suicide due to strained family relations and drug use. According to case documents, she also confirmed she had planned to go to Moscow.

The 23-year-old told the court on Monday she was subjected to physical and psychological violence during her interrogation and she was also drugged.

"Somehow everyone emphasizes physical and not psychological violence. They sit and say "You are a drug addict, you are a psycho, we'll make a vegetable of you!" Two big men sit. What can I do? When I was in a better state, I faught back," Kusaitė told the court on Monday.

Documents show that during another interrogation in April 2010, Kusaitė admitted that she planned to commit a suicide terrorist attack in the territory of Russia.

The woman said she then lived with her mother and aunt, they did not get along and she felt lonely. Her first boyfriend was Chechen, and she was fascinated by Islam. After she learnt of his death during the war in Chechnya in 2004, negative feelings towards Russian officers started to accumulate. At the time, she met Chechen Aishat Magmadova online.

"I have told many times that I was fascinated by suicide bombers Shakhid women. I considered Shakhid actions to be defensive and not terrorist. I felt tension due to disagreements in my family, I was addicted to Relanium. I felt psychological tension. All of that determined my decision to commit suicide. I thought committing suicide in the Russian Federation was the best option. I wanted to commit suicide purposefully. I thought I would contribute to the Chechen fight for independence," Kusaitė was quoted as saying in the documents.

Prosecutor Mindaugas Dūda said on Monday Kusaitė could have demanded that the prosecutor be replaced, provide additional explanations, especially since her lawyer was later replaced and two new lawyers represented her.

The Vilnius court has been publishing Kusaitė's testimony since spring and plans to continue doing that during hearings this week. The court also plans to listen to recordings in the case and address any requests by the prosecution and defense. Later on, the prosecutor will express his position on the punishment, and the defense will deliver the final speech.

Kusaitė's case was handed over to court back in October, 2010. She 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.

After more than nine months of detention, she is currently free on a written pledge not to leave the country.

Kusaitė's accomplices, Chechen siblings 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 act 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 organization and detonate herself in a public place in Russia.

Kusaitė says she was provoked by agents of the State Security Department.

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