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Moscow court to consider appeal against arrest of Makhachkala mayor

July 03, 2013, 9:39 UTC+3

Said Amirov is accused of masterminding the murder of an Investigative Committee employee

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MOSCOW, July 3 (Itar-Tass) - Moscow City Court on Wednesday will consider an appeal against the arrest of suspended Makhachkala mayor Said Amirov, accused of masterminding the murder of an Investigative Committee /SK/ employee.

His lawyer Mark Kruter said Amirov is suffering from a number of illnesses that make his staying in remand prison impossible. He has diabetes and depends on insulin, the lawyer said.

"Amirov survived 15 assassination attempts: he is immobile, he lacks both feet and cannot take care of himself. This person has been slandered," Kruter said.

He asked the court to overturn the decision on custody and grant bail, or leave his client under house arrest. Amirov was detained on June 1.

The SK main office charged Said Amirov, Magomed Abdulgalimov and Yusup Dzhaparov under Article 295 /attempted murder of person conducting preliminary investigation, including masterminding and abetting/ and Article 222, Part 1 of Russia's penal code /illegal turnover of weapons/ in the criminal case over the murder of SK investigator Lt-Col Arsen Gadzhibekov on December 14, 2011.

The SK also ascertained the involvement of Magomed Abdulgalimov and Magomed Akhmedov in the assassination attempt on the life of Dagestan prosecutor Natalia Mamedkerimova in 2011.

Amirov ordered to murder investigator Gadzhibekov, aide to Kizlyar prosecutor Magomed Abdulgalimov masterminded the crime, and deputy Kaspiisk mayor Yusup Dzhaparov and investigator from Makhachkala's Kirov district Magomed Akhemedov abetted, the SK reported.

Eleven persons have been arrested within the criminal case. Investigators do not rule out that more suspects will appear in the course of the probe.

Said Amirov was deputy chairman of the Dagestan government from 1991 through 1998. In February 1998 he won the Machachkala mayoral election for the first time in the republic's history. After his arrest, the political council of the regional branch of the United Russia Party suspended him as its secretary.

Earlier, the Federal Penitentiary Service reported that overnight to June 12, "Amirov cut himself with a razor, but an on-duty officer saw it on time and Amirov was given medical assistance. The former mayor denied the suicide attempt.

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