State Prosecutor demands death sentence for “the tractor driver”

The prosecutor has asked for the death sentence and confiscation of property at the trial of Chechen field commander Salauddin "the Tractor Driver" Temirbulatov in Nalchik. The court debate began on Monday and deputy chief of the Prosecutor's Department for the North Caucasus Vladimir Kravchenko was the first speaker. He said that the pre-trial and court investigations confirmed Temirbulatov's guilt, Interfax reports. He said the prosecution found Temirbulatov guilty of involvement in the murder of four Russian servicemen in January 1996, in the abduction of Turkish businessman Nazmi Sabanzhioglu and Russian national Enzar Gabarayev, and in the capture of three Russian servicemen participating in the anti-terrorist operation in Chechnya in January 2000. In addition, Temirbulatov is charged with participation in unlawful armed groups, illegal trade in arms and ammunition and in the formation of permanent armed groups.