Ninth suspect in Crocus City Hall terrorist attack named

Screenshot from a video by the Moscow court press service

Screenshot from a video by the Moscow court press service

The identity is now known of the ninth defendant to be remanded in custody in the case of the terrorist attack at a concert venue near Moscow, independent news outlet Mediazona reported Friday from a Moscow court.

The suspect has been named as Lutfulloi Nazrimad. Alexander Bastrykin, the head of the Investigative Committee said on Thursday that Nazrimad had been detained on suspicion of financing last Friday’s terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall, a concert venue near Moscow in which at least 144 people were killed.

Nazrimad, 24, is a Tajik citizen, Mediazona reported from court, adding that he was unmarried, unemployed, and had no children. Nazrimad, who will remain in custody until 22 May, spoke at court through an interpreter.

Nazrimad was first held on Monday and sentenced to 15 days in custody on an administrative charge of petty hooliganism. The court found that he refused to provide documents to police who were carrying out checks on potential suspects in the terrorist attack at Crocus City Hall. The court asserted that the detainee used obscene language, was obstructive, and insubordinate to the police.

The Federal Security Service and Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday that 11 suspects in the attack had been detained. Nazrimad’s arrest brings this number up to 12, nine of whom have been remanded in custody.

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