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Istanbul nightclub terrorist asks for death penalty

Tue, 14.02.2017 10:43



ISIS supporter Abdulkadir Masharipov, who conducted an attack on a nightclub in Istanbul, expressed the desire to get the death penalty as a sentence in his testimony.

Uzbek-origin Abdulkadir Masharipov, who killed 39 people and wounded 65 others, said that “it would be good if he was given capital punishment,” daily Sabah reported on Feb. 13.

During his testimony, Masharipov said he was a member of ISIS but had not participated in any attacks by the militant organization before the Reina attack.

“I wanted to stage the attack on Christians in order to exact revenge on them for their acts committed all over the world. My aim was to kill Christians. Abu Cihad, who is in Syria, told me to carry out the attack in Taksim, saying ‘Christians are gathering in Taksim,’” Masharipov said, adding that he could not stage the attack in Taksim due to strict security measures.

“There were police officers everywhere. I changed my mind. I called Abu Cihad and told him that I can’t carry out the attack there. Then I went to scope out Reina. Abu Cihad sent me the address and photos of Reina. I constantly texted him. I didn’t see him face-to-face. I went in front of Reina and there were no police officers or security,” he said.

Noting that he wanted to kill himself after staging the attack, Masharipov said he was planning to do so in order not to “fall hostage.”

“When I was out of bullets, I threw two stun grenades. I put the third one near my face to commit suicide, but I didn’t die. I survived, but I entered Reina to die,” he said, adding that he did not regret his actions. 

“I took vengeance,” he said.

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Source: Al Arabiya

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