24 May 2017, 15:47

Defence accuses law enforcers of falsifying Caliphate case

On May 23, the North-Caucasian  District Military Court continued the debate in the case of Caliphate, which, according to investigators, 10 residents of the republic wanted to establish in Kabardino-Balkaria. This was reported by the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent who attended the court hearing.

In August 2016, in Rostov-on-Don, the court started to consider the case against natives of Kabardino-Balkaria. According to the investigators, all 10 defendants of the criminal case were members of an illegal armed formation (IAF), whose goal was to change the constitutional system and establish a caliphate with a Sharia form of government in Kabardino-Balkaria. The majority of the defendants claimed that they had testified under torture.

At the beginning of the hearing on May 23, the Court listened to Yuri Bachurin, an advocate of defendant Arthur Karov. In his speech, the advocate tried to find the origins of the case of Caliphate and called it "absurd."

Yuri Bachurin has reminded the audience that in 2005, Nalchik was attacked by militants. As a result, according the advocate, law enforcers suffered "terrible" losses.

"The law enforcers experience phantom pains and begin searching for imaginary enemies," said Yuri Bachurin. He has also expressed his confidence that the FSB and the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF) institute a lot of cases on illegal armed formations (IAFs) and terrorism in order to create an atmosphere of fear in the republic.

Yuri Bachurin has noted that the criminal case on Caliphate was instituted on December 26, 2013, on the day of an assassination attempt against Arthur Tembotov, Colonel of the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA). However, the advocate has expressed his doubts that the very event of the crime took place.

Yuri Bachurin has listed all the "peculiarities" associated with an unexploded improvised explosive device (IED). According to him, law enforcers were moving the item without fear of an explosion, and the IED itself, after being removed from under a car, was in a dry, absolutely clean canvas bag.

"It looks like a specially prepared model of an IED with elements of an explosive device was planted under the Arthur Tembotov's car," continued the advocate. He has referred to the conclusion of the combat engineering expertise held on January 9, 2014.

The defender has expressed the opinion that Colonel Arthur Tembotov had been "used without knowing that" by his colleagues from the E Centre or by FSB agents in order to carry out another "cleansing and neutralization" in the republic under the threat of a fictional Caliphate.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Valery Lyugaev; Source: CK correspondent

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