Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Chechen Rebels Order Separatist Leader’s Death, saying he had abandoned Islam

Posted by Info on 25/08/2009

Radio Free: Akhmed Zakayev, 50, fought Russia as a senior rebel commander in two wars with Moscow in 1994-2000. After Russia regained control of the province, he fled to Europe and acted as an official rebel envoy until 2007. Russia has tried to extradite Zakayev but a British court rejected the request in 2003, causing a diplomatic row.

Kadyrov said last month that he would welcome Zakayev’s return and possibly offer him a job in the regional culture ministry. But there were no indications Russia was ready to drop charges against him.

Chechen rebels have called for prominent separatist leader Zakayev to be killed, saying he had abandoned Islam by recognizing the legitimacy of the restive region’s Kremlin-backed government.

Doku Umarov, Chechnya’s most wanted separatist leader said:
“The court has ruled that the killing of this apostate is a duty for Muslims.”  but he  did not say what court had issued the ruling.

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