Custodial term of Uzbek suspect in attacks on Tatarstan spiritual leaders upheld

2012-07-27 11:49:00

Kazan, July 27, Interfax – The Supreme Court of Tatarstan has upheld a two-month custodial term handed down to Uzbek citizen Abdunazim Ataboyev, who is accused of being involved in the attacks on Tatarstan’s spiritual Muslim leaders.

The Vakhitovsky District Court of Kazan remanded Ataboyev in custody until September 20.

The suspect and his lawyer had asked the Supreme Court to overturn the Kazan court’s ruling dated July 21, an Interfax correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Ataboyev’s lawyer described the detention of the foreign citizen as groundless.

"The fact that a man wears a beard is not a reason to detain him," the lawyer said.

Ataboyev did not attend the court session.

According to investigators, Ataboyev’s car followed the car driven by Tatarstan Mufti Ildus Faizov shortly before the explosion, after which Ataboyev managed to escape.

"His possible involvement in the crime is being investigated thoroughly," one of the investigators said.

Ataboyev, 26, lives in Kazan together with his wife, two young children and other relatives. He works at different construction sites in the city, but plans to look for a job in neighboring Yelabuga.

Ataboyev pleaded not guilty, saying that he did not come anywhere near the site of the attack that day.

Several people were taken into custody following the attacks on Faizov and his deputy Valiulla Yakupov. Tatarstan’s Supreme Court plans to hear appeals filed by four of them on Friday, and the other suspects on July 31.

Tatarstan Mufti Faizov’s car was blown up and his deputy Yakupov was shot dead outside his house in Kazan on July 19.

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