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Rights council chief gets no reply to request to visit Nemtsov murder suspects in jail

March 13, 2015, 12:28 UTC+3 MOSCOW

FMikhail Fedotov earlier announced plans to pay a visit to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center on Friday afternoon

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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the Russian presidential human rights council, said on Friday he had received no response from the Investigative Committee to his request to visit the suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov in prison.

"No reply so far," Fedotov told TASS.

Fedotov announced plans on Thursday to pay a visit to the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center on Friday afternoon. He said he had requested a special permission of investigators.

A group of Moscow rights activists wanted to visit the suspects on Thursday but were not allowed to do it.

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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