Police captain jailed for failing to halt Russian plane bombings

A court sentenced a police captain to seven years’ jail today for negligence in failing to prevent the bombings last year of two Russian passenger jets that killed 90 people aboard.

A court sentenced a police captain to seven years’ jail today for negligence in failing to prevent the bombings last year of two Russian passenger jets that killed 90 people aboard.

The bombings were blamed on two Chechen women, who allegedly smuggled explosives onto the planes.

The Moscow court today found that Mikhail Artamonov was guilty of “negligence” that “led to the deaths of 90 people". Artamonov worked at Moscow’s Domededovo airport, where the two flights took off on August 24, 2004.

The court found that the police captain had failed in his duties for not detaining the Chechen women when they passed through a security check upon their arrival at the airport from the Russian Caucasus, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

The Chechen women allegedly then flew out on two southbound flights, which crashed within minutes of each other. The woman were believed to have bought tickets at the last minute.

In April, an airline employee and a ticket scalper were sentenced to 18 months in jail each for their role in the bombings.

The airlines employee was accused of accepting a bribe for helping one of the women get on the flight after registration had ended.

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