NALCHIK, June 2 (RIA Novosti) - Over 40 defendants
accused of involvement in a 2005 attack by militants on the
southern Russian city of Nalchik launched a hunger strike on
Tuesday demanding hospital treatment for a fellow suspect.
In 2005, a large group of militants staged an assault on
Nalchik, capital of Russia's southern republic of
Kabardino-Balkaria, targeting the city's main police and
security bodies. Some 15 civilians, 35 police and 95 assailants
were killed in the attacks.
During Tuesday's court proceedings, one of the defendants,
Sergei Kaziyev, fell ill and received medical treatment.
Doctors later said Kaziyev was well enough to attend court.
Lawyer Magomed Abubakarov filed an appeal demanding the
trial be postponed. However, the court rejected the appeal and
the trial, involving 58 defendants, continued.
One of the defendants, Valery Bolov, died in February 2008
of cirrhosis of the liver.