MOSCOW - Moscow City Court sentenced Chechen woman Zarema Muzhakhoyeva to 20 years in prison, Russian media reported Thursday. She had attempted to stage a suicide bombing at a Moscow restaurant, but changed her mind. An officer of the FSB bomb squad was killed while trying to defuse her bomb.
Muzhakhoyeva will serve 20 years in a prison colony, the MosNews web site reports. The court took into account Muzhakhoyeva’s active help during the investigation but also the decision by the court of jury that she deserved no leniency. The prosecutor demanded to sentence her to 24 years.
On Monday, a court of jury passed a guilty verdict in Muzhakhoyeva’s case. After the verdict was pronounced, Muzhakhoyeva said: “I did not hate you before, but now I hate you. When I return, I will blow up all of you.”
The 23-year-old bomber of Ingush origin was detained in July 2003 at the doors of a restaurant on Tverskaya Street — Moscow’s main thouroughfare, leading to the Kremlin. She told the restaurant’s security guards that she had a bomb in her bag and planned to stage a suicide attack. Her arrest came just five days after suicide bombers detonated two bombs at a rock concert at Moscow’s Tushino airfield, killing 14 people and wounding many more.
Muzhakhoyeva’s arrest came just five days after suicide bombers detonated two bombs at a rock concert at Moscow’s Tushino airfield, killing 18 people and wounding many more. The court determined that Muzhakhoyeva had come to Moscow together with two Chechen women who blew themselves up at Tushino, RosBusinessConsulting news agency reported.