reports that the Security Committee of the State Duma has proposed a measure that would send all prosecutions for terrorism, hostage taking, aircraft hijacking, armed revolts, coups, and incitement to and justification of terrorism to three-judge military courts in Moscow and Rostov-on-Don.
Under the current wording of the Criminal Code, juries cannot hear cases under Article 205 (Terrorist Attack), but they can hear other terrorism-related cases, such as complicity in an act of terrorism or membership in a terrorist group.
Izvestia has been told by the secretariat of the State Duma Security Committee that the bill is designed to preclude a trial by jury in terrorism cases. The crimes of terrorism are especially dangerous crimes, and there have been cases where juries have absolved defendants under duress.A current example of the referral of terrorism charges against a civilian to the Rostov-on-Don military court involves Said Amirov, former mayor of the Dagestani capital of Makhachkala. A court spokesman said
that a few witnesses to the case have claimed that they received threats to their lives. The prosecutors viewed them as adequately serious to justify a transfer of the case to a military court.