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Court upholds arrest of another suspect in Nemtsov murder

April 01, 2015, 18:10 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday that the arrest of three suspects in the case is unlawful and sent the issue for revision to Moscow’s Basmanny Court
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Anzor Gubashev (back), one of the suspects in the Boris Nemtsov murder case hides his face as he appears at Moscow's Basmanny District Court

Anzor Gubashev (back), one of the suspects in the Boris Nemtsov murder case hides his face as he appears at Moscow's Basmanny District Court

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MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/. Moscow City Court has upheld the arrest of Anzor Gubashev charged with involvement in the murder of Russian politician Boris Nemtsov, a TASS correspondent reported on Wednesday.

The Moscow City Court ruled on Wednesday that the arrest of three suspects in the case is unlawful and sent the issue for revision to Moscow’s Basmanny Court.

Until the next court session, the three out of a total of five suspects in the case — Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, Khamzat Bakhayev and Shadid Gubashev — are to be kept in custody. The Basmanny Court is due to review the motion of the investigators until April 8.

Zaud Dadayev, the main suspect in Nemtsov's murder, will remain in custody until April 28.

On March 8, Moscow’s Basmanny court authorized the arrest of five people: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubashevs, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.

The Moscow City Court said the decision on the arrest of the suspects was taken by the court during one session and not separately. Such an order of choosing a restriction measure violated the rights of the parties in the case, the judge said on Wednesday.

All the five suspects have been charged with 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. If convicted, the suspects may face up to 20 years in jail or even life sentence.

Nemtsov, co-chair of RPR-Parnas and deputy of the Yaroslavl regional duma, was killed in downtown Moscow late on February 27. Investigators believe that Zaur Dadayev was the killer of the politician, while Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov were the accomplices.

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