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The man suspected of detonating a bomb on the St. Petersburg metro earlier this month had received money from an "international terrorist group" in Turkey, Russian investigators said on Thursday. Judge on the case ruled that the suspect received money from a terrorist group participant in Turkey for the preparation of the terrorist act.
Axar.az reports that during the hearing, Akram Azimov, the elder brother of suspected organizer of the terrorist act in the St. Petersburg metro Abror Azimov, denied any involvement in the subway blast.
"I'm not involved in the terrorist attack," the suspect, who is charged with direct participation in the terrorist act, said.
An investigator in the court said Thursday that Akram testified against his brother Abror.
"During the questioning as a suspect, Azimov said that he and his brother performed actions that contributed to the explosion," the investigator said.
Despite the suspect's plea, Moscow's Basmanny Court authorized the arrest of Akram Azimov.
"Uphold the investigator's motion: choose in relation to Azimov, suspected of committing crimes stipulated by Russian Criminal Code articles 205 (terrorism) and 222 (illegal turnover of weapons), the measure of restraint in the form of taking into custody," Judge Elena Lenskaya announced.
The Russian Investigative Committee subsequently said that Akram Azimov called by phone suicide bomber Akbarzhon Jalilov and transferred him money received in Turkey from a member of an international terrorist group.
2017.04.20 / 20:44