Salman Raduyev, one of the most well-known Chechen terrorists started insulting a woman witness whose 3-year-old granddaughter died as a result of the explosion at the railway station in the city of Pyatigorsk. This woman called Raduyev scum while testifying against him. The woman said she had no doubts the blast was organized by Raduyev.
Two other women supported her: one of them lost her son that day and the other one was shell shocked. The judge had to make a break in the court session for several minutes in order to stop the wrangle between the criminal and the victims. In general, it should be said that the witnesses and the court were rather correct towards Raduyev. Today’s incident was a first. None of the other 18 witnesses who took part in the trial earlier ever said anything like it.
It is very hard to blame the woman who could not hold her emotions today in the court room. Raduyev surely deserves those words as well as many others of the kind.
Reuters photo: Chechen guerrilla leader Salman Raduyev (L) stands behind bars during his trial in Dagestan's capital Makhachkala, November 15, 2001