Turkey: ‘Islamic State’ militant on trial for New Year’s Eve terror attack

The trial of an Uzbek militant who confessed to killing 39 people during a New Year’s Eve attack at a Turkish nightclub is due to start on Monday at a prison on the outskirts of Istanbul.

Abdulkadir Masharipov has been charged with committing multiple murders, “attempting to destroy constitutional order” and membership in an armed terrorist organization, among other offenses. He faces at least 40 life sentences for each of the victims and an additional one for the massacre as a whole.

The Uzbek national said a senior Russian operative of the “Islamic State” (IS) militant group ordered him to target the Reina nightclub on New Year’s Eve last year, according to the indictment.