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Daghestan Court Sentences Chechen Insurgent

19 September 2005 (RFE/RL) -- A court in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Daghestan today sentenced a Chechen insurgent to 25 years in prison for allegedly taking part in the execution of Russian soldiers taken prisoner.

A video operator caught the September 1999 beheading of the six Interior Ministry soldiers on tape. Islan Mukaev was arrested in June in a camp for Chechen refugees in the republic of Ingushetia.

He admitted taking part in the 1999 Chechen insurgent raid on Daghestan but not in the killing of the prisoners.


For RFE/RL's full coverage of events in the North Caucasus, see "News And Features On The North Caucasus"