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Chechen leader condemns Basayev

The Chechen rebel leader, Aslan Maskhadov, has said he wants his former comrade-in-arms Shamil Basayev to go on trial for the Beslan school siege. Mr Basayev has admitted organising the hostage-taking at the Russian school but blamed the hundreds of deaths there on the Russian security forces. Mr Maskhadov said Mr Basayev and others would have to go on trial at the end of Chechnya’s war of independence. Mr Maskhadov’s statement appeared on the rebel website Chechenpress.com. He again insisted that Chechen rebel forces under his command had “nothing to do with the terrorist act” in Beslan. Full Story

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