Lawyer appeals pre-trial detention of alleged suicide bomber, court report says
Lawyers for the Russian woman suspected of killing military blogger Vladlen Tatarsky in a bombing in St. Petersburg’s St. Petersburg cafe have filed a complaint against her pre-trial detention.
Darya Trepova’s case is being processed in a Moscow district court, and last week she was remanded in custody until June 2 while the case against her is prepared.
His lawyers technically had until Saturday to appeal the decision, but the documents were sent by post and were only handed over to the Basmanny court in the Russian capital this week, his press office said. Postal communication with the court is permitted, so the status of the Trepova case has been amended accordingly.
The St. Petersburg bombing happened on April 2 when Tatarsky appeared at the event with his supporters. Trepova reportedly brought a bombshell disguised as a statuette which was presented to the blogger, whose real name was Maksim Fomin. According to footage from the scene, Trepova was present when the device went off. Tatarsky died in the explosion while dozens of others were injured.
Trepova, 26, then allegedly tried to change her appearance in order to hide or flee the country, only to be arrested the following day. She was charged with terrorism conspiracy and unlawful handling of explosives, and could face up to 20 years in prison. Russian officials claimed that the mastermind of the assassination worked for the Ukrainian government.
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According to a source quoted by TASS, Trepova agreed to cooperate with the investigation and help establish everyone involved in the plot. Some media claimed that she was in contact with a manager, who gave her odd jobs as part of a supposed internship for a future career as a journalist in Kyiv. Getting to know Tatarsky shortly before his murder would have been one of those missions, as would transporting the bomb from Moscow to St. Petersburg. Petersburg.
Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova accused Western officials and organizations of failing to condemn Tatarsky’s killing, despite allegedly advocating the safety of journalists. They prefer to side with Trepova and “present her as a victim”, Zakharova affirmed.
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