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Main suspect in Nemtsov murder case claims having alibi

April 23, 2015, 18:03 UTC+3
Russia’s Investigative Committee is checking information on alleged pressure against Zaur Dadayev
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Zaur Dadayev

Zaur Dadayev

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MOSCOW, April 23. /TASS/. Zaur Dadayev, a suspected killer of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, said on Thursday he is not guilty and has an alibi.

"There is a person who can confirm that on February 27 I was elsewhere," Dadayev told the Moscow Basmanny Court.

Russia’s Investigative Committee is checking information on alleged pressure against Zaur Dadayev, an investigator said in Moscow’s Basmanny Court, where extension of the suspect's arrest is being considered.

"Zaur Dadayev’s information on the use of torture and pressure against him is being checked; the check will result in the adoption of procedural decisions," the investigator said.

He said answering the court’s question that no pressure was exerted on the defendant in Moscow.

Dadayev says he was tortured

Meanwhile, Dadayev said he was abducted on March 5 and was tortured for two days.

"I was not detained March 7, I was detained March 5. I was detained, or, more exactly, kidnapped by armed people who did not present themselves or say anything. They put a bag upon my head and took me away," Dadayev said.

"I don’t know where I was during these two days, but I was tortured, interrogated, tied to a radiator, and in the evening of March 7 I was put on board a plane and sent to Moscow," he said at the hearing at the Basmanny Court.

Dadayev said he confessed after he and his friend received threats to be killed unless he confesses to committing the crime.

Extension of arrest

Investigators asked the court to extend Dadayev’s arrest until August 28. Over that period, investigators plan to "get responses to certain instructions and requests" and keep taking measures "aimed at establishing other persons involved in that crime."

Besides, the Investigative Committee said, if Dadayev is at large, he may hinder investigation, may hide, threaten eyewitnesses etc.

The Basmanny Court extended the term of arrest for Dadayev.

"Having heard the opinions of the sides, and checked the submitted materials, the court is reaching the conclusion that the investigator’s request to extend the measure of restraint in the form of detention until August 28 should be granted," Judge Artur Karpov said Thursday.

Nemtsov’s murder

Russian opposition and state figure, deputy of a regional legislature, the Yaroslavl city duma, Boris Nemtsov, was shot dead on downtown Moscow’s Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge late on February 27 from a handgun. Nemtsov was a co-chair of the RPR-Parnas party. He had held a number of government positions in the 1990s.

On March 8, 2015, the Basmanny Court arrested five defendants in the case: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov. According to investigators, Dadayev was the killer of the politician, and the others were his accomplices. None of them have admitted their guilt.

All five defendants were charged with part 2 of Article 105 of Russia’s Criminal Code (murder committed by a group of people in collusion for reasons of greed or for money, as well as connected with robbery, extortion or banditry) and illegal turnover of weapons (Article 222).

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