One of Nemtsov's killers admits guilt

2015-03-08 20:24
Marchers carry posters of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. (File, AFP)

Marchers carry posters of Boris Nemtsov in Moscow. (File, AFP)

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Moscow - Russian news agencies said on Sunday one of the suspects in the killing of leading opposition figure Boris Nemtsov has admitted involvement in the crime.

Judge Nataliya Mushnikova said that Zaur Dadaev made a statement confirming his guilt, according to the reports. They did not specify his alleged actions.

Dadaev is among five suspects detained in the 27 February killing, when Nemtsov was shot while walking on a bridge near the Kremlin.

Identified as suspects

Another man, Anzor Gubashev, was charged in the killing and a hearing for three other unnamed suspects was under way, court spokesperson Anna Fadeeva said on Sunday.

Dadaev and Gubashev were identified as suspects by federal security service director Alexander Bortnikov a day earlier.

Bortnikov gave no details of how the men were detained or specifics on how they were connected to the killings.

However, the state news agencies Tass and RIA Novosti said the pair had been detained in Ingushetia, a republic bordering Chechnya.

Dadaev served in a battalion of Interior Ministry troops in Chechnya, Barakhoev was quoted as saying.

Military involvement

He said the other, Gubashev, had worked in a private security company in Moscow, according to the reports.

There was scant information about the identity of the three other suspects. Barakhoev was quoted by RIA Novosti as saying two others were seized at the same time as Dadaev and Gubashev. But there had been no official announcement of their detention.

Shortly before the court session began, investigating committee spokesperson Vladimir Markin revealed that there was a fifth suspect, but gave no details.

Nemtsov's killing shocked Russia's already beleaguered and marginalised opposition supporters. Suspicion in the opposition is high that the killing was ordered by the Kremlin in retaliation for Nemtsov's adamant criticism of President Vladimir Putin. The 55-year-old Nemtsov was working on a report about Russian military involvement in the eastern Ukraine conflict.

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