Southern Russian court resumes trial of alleged attacker in Beslan school raid

A southern Russian court on Tuesday resumed the trial of the sole surviving alleged attacker in the Beslan school raid, in which some 330 people were killed after militants took more than 1,200 people hostage last September.

Nur-Pashi Kulayev, whose trial began earlier this month, has pleaded innocent to charges including terrorism, murder and attacking law enforcement officers.

If convicted, Kulayev could get up to life in prison. Survivors of the attack and others have called for the death penalty, but Russia imposed a moratorium on the death penalty in 1996 to join the Council of Europe.

Deputy Prosecutor-General Nikolai Shepel, who is leading the state's case against Kulayev, has said the entire trial could take 3-4 months.

Associated Press

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