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MOSCOW, November 16 (Itar-Tass) — The Moscow city court begins to consider the criminal case against the suspected killer of ex-colonel Yuri Budanov.
The court will hold preliminary hearings behind closed doors.
The defendant intends to appeal for consideration of his case by a jury. Under the law, the court cannot deny him the right. Thus, the court this Friday is expected to set a date to select jurors.
The murder charge is brought against 40-year-old Yusup Temerkhanov from the Republic of Chechnya. He is charged with committing the murder “on the grounds of hatred and enmity against a social group" and with illegal possession of firearms.
Lawyer Murad Musayev said earlier the defendant pleaded not guilty. During the preliminary investigation, Temirkhanov refused to answer the investigators' questions and intended to give testimony only in court.
According to the investigators, Temirkhanov on June 10, 2011, fired eight shots at Budanov when the ex-colonel went out from a notary's office at Komsomolskaya Avenue in Moscow. The ex-officer died on the spot.
Yuri Budanov, a former commander of the 160th Guards Tank Regiment, which participated in the counterterrorist operation in the Chechen Republic, was convicted of the murder of a local young woman in 2000.
The investigators suppose Temirkhanov killed the former officer in revenge for the death of his father who was killed by an unidentified serviceman the same year. The Chechen chose Budanov to be killed, since the trial against the former regiment commander created an excited public reaction, sources at the prosecutor's office said.
A separate criminal case is also opened against two suspected accomplices of Temirkhanov.