A court in Moscow arrested in absentia two people accused of hijacking a plane in 2001.

They were sentenced to six and four years in prison. They face up to 12 years in prison, TASS reports. A Tu-154 flying from Moscow to Istanbul was hijacked by three terrorists on March 15, 2001 and landed in Medina. The Moscow District Court has arrested Deni and Iriskhan Arsaev in absentia, accused of hijacking a Russian aircraft by a group of people. Earlier, a court in Ugra sent a man accused of attempting to hijack a passenger plane flying from Surgut to Moscow for compulsory treatment. The two captured terrorists were not extradited to Moscow, they were brought before the local Sharia court. Источник aif.ru Three people died: the leader of the hijackers, a Russian flight attendant and one passenger. The criminals demanded to stop the war in Chechnya, as well as to give them 1 million dollars. The plane was stormed by Saudi special forces. He tried to break into the cockpit and demanded that the liner be sent to Afghanistan.