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Prosecutors raise charges against another suspect in Nemtsov murder case

March 16, 2015, 16:47 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Khamzat Bakhayev is the fifth suspect in the murder case of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov

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MOSCOW, March 16 /TASS/. Prosecutors have brought charges against Khamzat Bakhayev, the fifth suspect in the murder case of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, Bakhayev’s lawyer Sofia Rubasskaya told TASS on Monday.

"The charge or an expanded version of the indictment was brought against him /Bakhayev/ late on Friday. I have no right to reveal the details because I have pledged not to do that," the lawyer said.

Earlier, charges had been brought against Zaur Dadayev, Shadid and Anzor Gubashev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.

On March 8, the Moscow Basmannyi court authorized the arrest of five suspects in the Nemtsov murder case. They included the Gubashev brothers - Anzor and Shadid; Zaur Dadayev; Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov. They will stay in custody until April 28.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated on charges of murder committed by a group of persons on previous concert for self-interested aims or on contract; as well as illegal acquisition and storage of weapons. The suspects may face from 8 to 20 years in prison or even sentenced for life if convicted.

Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, a co-chairman of RPR-Parnas /the Republican Party of Russia - People's Freedom Party/, and a deputy of the regional Duma of Russia’s Yaroslavl region, was shot dead with four bullets in his back in the center of Moscow late on February 27.

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