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Court arrests three new suspects in Russian opposition politician Nemtsov murder case

March 08, 2015, 19:44 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"Having heard the opinions of the sides and considered the presented materials, the court reaches the conclusion that the investigator’s request is subject to granting," the judge’s resolution say
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Zaur Dadayev

Zaur Dadayev

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MOSCOW, March 8. /TASS/. Moscow’s Basmanny Court on Sunday sanctioned the arrest of three new suspects in the case of the recent murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov - Khamzad Bakhayev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Shagid Gubashev, a TASS correspondent reported.

"Having heard the opinions of the sides and considered the presented materials, the court reaches the conclusion that the investigator’s request is subject to granting," the judge’s resolution says.

Gubashev was arrested until May 7, Eskerkhanov and Bakhayev until May 8.

Bakhayev, 45, Eskerkhanov, 34 and Gubashev, 31, are suspected of murder committed by a group of persons in collusion for reasons of greed or for money, as well as connected with robbery, extortion or banditry (Article 105 of Russia’s Criminal Code) and illegal turnover of weapons (Article 222).

The suspects face 8 to 20 years in prison or life in prison.

It was impossible to choose a different measure or restraint for the suspects as they may "hide from investigators, keep being involved in criminal activity, try to pressure eyewitnesses… as well as try to destroy evidence."

Bakhayev and Gubashev are natives of the Russian North Caucasus republic of Ingushetia registered in the Moscow Region, and Eskerkhanov is a native of Chechnya registered in Moscow.

The court today also sanctioned the arrest of another two detainees in the case - Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev. They have been arraigned.

Russian opposition and state figure, deputy of a regional legislature, the Yaroslavl city duma, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead on downtown Moscow’s Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge overnight to February 28 from a handgun.

Nemtsov was a co-chair of the RPR-Parnas party. He had held a number of government positions in the 1990s. Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal case into the killing under articles 105 and 222 of the Russian Criminal Code. Investigators do not rule out the murder was a contract killing.

Nemtsov was buried at the Troyekurovskoye Cemetery in Moscow on March 3.

The key witness of the crime, Ukrainian national Anna Duritskaya, who was with Nemtsov at the moment of his killing, left for Ukraine after required investigative activities. She plans to cooperate with investigators.

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