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Russian human rights council chief plans to visit Nemtsov murder suspects in jail

March 12, 2015, 19:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The visit is planned for Friday
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MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian presidential human rights council, said on Thursday he intended to visit in prison the suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.

Fedotov said he planned to pay a visit to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center on Friday afternoon.

"But we need a permission of investigators. We have sent a request for such permission to the head of the Investigative Committee but received no answer so far."

On March 8, Moscow’s Basmanny Court sanctioned the arrest of five suspects in the case of the recent murder of Boris Nemtsov. The court ruled to keep Anzor and Shagit Gubashevs, Zaur Dadaev, Khamzat Bakhaev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov in custody till April 28. The five men were arrested on March 7 and 8 on suspicion of committing a murder 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 possession of or arms (Article 222). These charges carry a punishment of a prison term of eight to 20 years or a life sentence.

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