August 30, 2005

The Beslan Trial

Beslan children testify at trial:

Children who were hostages in the Beslan, Russia, school siege, testifying at the trial of the sole surviving hostage taker, have spoken of threats and abuse.

The Moscow Times reported Friday that a 10-year-old boy testified Thursday, One of the female terrorists ... told us that if she found a phone on anyone, that person would be killed and three more people near him or her would be killed too.

A 14-year-old boy wept as he told how on the second day of the siege of Sept. 1 to 3, 2004, the attackers withheld water from the hostages in the school's hot, crowded gym and then told boys to urinate into bottles so that younger children could drink.

As the boy tried to stop sobbing, the courtroom spectators, mostly women wearing black clothes and black headscarves, swore at the defendant, Nurpasha Kulayev, and shouted, Give this terrorist to us! We will tear the bastard apart!

A 17-year-old girl testified that the hostage takers gave a bucket of water to one boy and told him to give it only to the children. They said that if any adult drank the water, they would shoot the boy.

H/T: Eric, of Vince Aut Morire for digging this story up from an Indian online daily.

Make sure to check out Eric's commentary, including his posts from last year on the Beslan tragedy: Wake Up, Dhimmis.

Posted by Kyer at August 30, 2005 12:49 PM | TrackBack