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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Would-Be Suicide Bomber Gets No Mercy From Jury

A jury on Monday found Zarema Muzhikhoyeva guilty of planning to carry out a suicide bombing near a downtown cafe last July.

The jury at the Moscow City Court found her guilty and not deserving of leniency on all three counts of her indictment -- terrorism, attempted murder and the illegal possession of explosives -- in charges that carry up to 25 years in prison.

Muzhikhoyeva became hysterical when the verdict was announced, shouting that she would "come back and blow you all up" upon her eventual release from prison, said her lawyer, Natalya Yevlapova.

"Don't you understand that I have not blown up anything," Muzhikhoyeva screamed from the defendant's cage, according to Yevlapova. "Now I understand why Russians are hated."

Yevlapova, who emerged from the closed-door trial in tears, said the verdict had come as a complete surprise.

Judge Pyotr Shtunder is expected to sentence Muzhikhoyeva on Tuesday.

Muzhikhoyeva, a 24-year-old widow from Ingushetia, was arrested on 1st Tverskaya-Yamskaya Ulitsa on July 9, carrying a homemade bomb in a black bag. Chechen rebels sent her to bomb the Mon Cafe, but she decided to try to get arrested instead, her lawyer said. An FSB bomb disposal expert, Georgy Trofimov, was killed trying to defuse the bomb.

Trofimova's mother came out of the courtroom after the verdict and said she had warned the jury that an acquittal would lead to more suicide bombers.

In an interview published in Izvestia in February, Muzhikhoyeva said she agreed to become a suicide bomber with the understanding that her relatives would receive $1,000 to make up for jewelry she had stolen from them.

Yevlapova had insisted that Muzhikhoyeva was guilty only of illegally possessing explosives, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of eight years in prison. The other charges should be dropped because Muzhikhoyeva did not detonate the bomb, she said.

Yevlapova also said Muzhikhoyeva deserved leniency because she had aided investigators and provided information about a safe house in the Moscow region village of Tolstopaltsevo, where she and two other suicide bombers stayed. The other women blew themselves up five days before Muzhikhoyeva's arrest, killing 14 people outside a rock concert at the Tushino airfield.

Police found six homemade bombs in Tolstopaltsevo, Yevlapova said.