The North Caucasus district military court of Rostov-on-Don returned a guilty verdict on Wednesday on the case of former Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov and former Kaspiysk Deputy Mayor Yusup Dzhaparov.
Amirov has been sentenced to ten years in a maximum security colony and he will be deprived of his state awards. The former mayor was found guilty of plotting a terrorist attack and purchasing, transporting and storing arms illegally.
Dzhaparov has been sentenced to eight years and six months in a maximum security colony.
The court ruled that the restriction imposed on the defendants - detention - should remain unchanged until the time in colonies is served.
At the same time, the court said it deemed to treat critically testimony of some witnesses.
When deciding on the liability the board took into account personal circumstances of the defendants - Amirov's health and Dzhaparov's having a wife and two children dependent.
During closing arguments prosecution asked the bench to sentence Amirov to 13 years in a maximum security colony and to deprive the former mayor of the friendship order and order for merit to homeland of 2nd class.
Prosecution asked to sentence Dzhaparov to 11 years in a maximum security colony.
The defendants' defense asked the court to acquit them during closing argument.
The criminal case regarding Amirov was opened on May 31, 2013 on suspicion of organizing murder of acting head of the investigative department of the Russian Investigative Committee for Makhachkala's Sovetsky district Arsen Gadzhibekov in December 2011.
Amirov was detained in Makhachkala on June 1 and brought to Moscow.
It emerged in September that one more criminal case under the article on plotting a terrorist attack was opened against the former Makhachkala mayor.
Dzhaparov is accused of colluding in illegal arms trafficking committed by a group upon previous concert.
According to the criminal case materials, Amirov and Dzhaparov plotted an attempt at the life of head of Dagestani Pension Fund office Sagid Murtazaliyev. Investigators believe that the plane, in which Murtazaliyev was flying, was to be hit with portable air defense system.
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