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MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court has upheld the arrest of Khamzat Bakhayev charged with involvement in the murder of leading Russian oppositionist Boris Nemtsov, a TASS correspondent reported on Wednesday.
The court therefore rejected a complaint filed by the counsel for the defense.
"The court has ruled to uphold the resolution by the Basmanny Court of Moscow on choosing arrest until April 28 as a restrictive measure and reject the appeal petition filed by the counsel for the defense," according to the verdict read out by a judge of the appellate instance.
During the hearings, the counsel for the defense and the defendant’s lawyer asked the court to repeal the arrest ruling.
"I’m not complicit in this crime. I was charged with committing a crime, in which I’m not involved," Bakhahyev said. "I believe my arrest is unlawful," he added.
Meanwhile, an investigator told the court that Bakhayev’s guilt was confirmed by a set of proofs that had been gathered.
"He is accused of committing a crime, which is punishable with a prison term of over 3 years. Moreover, he may hide from the investigation and threaten participants in the case who accuse him of committing the crime," the investigator said.
Nemtsov, co-chair of RPR-Parnas party and deputy of the Yaroslavl regional duma, was killed in downtown Moscow late on February 27.