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    MOSCOW, January 12, 2004. (RIA Novosti) - Shamil Arifulov, lawyer of Yusuf Krymshamkhalov, who was sentenced to life imprisonment for involvement in the explosion of apartment buildings in Moscow and Volgodonsk, has filed an appeal today.

    The appeal for a new trial in the Moscow City Court will be considered by the Supreme Court of the Russian Federation, the lawyer has been quoted by RIA Novosti as saying.

    In his interview with RIA Novosti Arifulov pointed out that he did not question the way investigation had been conducted. "The case has been investigated into perfectly, with the defendant's rights observed and our wishes taken into account," the lawyer said. However, the defence has complaints with regard to the prosecution, particularly the interpretation of testimony and expertises. According to Arifulov, in the course of the proceedings the evidence was not thoroughly examined.

    The court took the similar verdict in the case of Adam Dekkushev, another national of Karachaevo-Cherkessia /a Russian republic in the North Caucasus/, who voiced his intention to appeal to the Supreme Court right after the decision had been pronounced. Appropriate regulations provide for this measure within 10 days after the verdict has been reached.

    The tree explosions in Moscow and Volgodonsk, in the south of Russia, in September 1999 took the lives of more than 240 people.

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