Salman Raduyev’s case, who is considered to be Russia’s terrorist number two, is now pending in a detention center in Makhachkala (the capital of Dagestan). The third court session took place behind concrete walls and a barbed wire fence. Unauthorized people are not allowed to gain entry to the territory of the detention center, but the process, however, is still of a open character. The federal agency for governmental communication installed special TV equipment in the premises of the Supreme Court of the republic of Dagestan, which allow one to watch the court process itself live and to participate in it.
Anyone can enter the building of the Supreme Court, after showing some ID and after a personal examination. In the words of the chairman of the Supreme Court, Babuzha Unzholov, the fact that the hearings now take place in a detention center is connected with several reasons. In particular, when the process was held in the center of the city, there were a lot traffic jams in the streets of the city because of measures used to ensure safety. There is another opinion on the subject, possible attempts of acts of terrorism against the Russian Prosecutor General and the judges.
As it was informed earlier, a terrorist group was detained on the Chechnya-Dagestan border on Friday, with Briton John Beneni at the head. At first, the British national said that he was an intelligence agent of Great Britain, and then he claimed he was a journalist. As it turned out later, the terrorist group he headed was sent by Khattab to Dagestan for the preparation of acts of terrorism with a goal to kill the Russian Prosecutor General. The terrorists would have also tried to release Raduyev. The special services of Dagestan informed that it was not excluded that there were up to five terrorist groups working in the republic at the moment.
AP photo: Salman Raduyev, leader of the Chechen rebels who held hostages at a hospital in Kizlyar, in the southern Russian republic of Dagestan, is seen on the phone in this Jan. 10, 1996 file photo