Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Austrian Counterterrorism Investigators: Kadyrov Is Behind Murder Of Israilov

Posted by Info on 01/05/2010

Mr Israilov, 27, was shot on 13 January 2009 outside a grocery store in Vienna. He said he had witnessed President Kadyrov personally taking part in torture sessions.

Austrian counterterrorism investigators have completed a 15-month inquiry and have submitted their report to the Vienna public prosecutor’s office, which will decide on charges.
But a spokesman for the office, Gerhard Jarosch, said it was assumed “that Kadyrov is behind the murder of Israilov”, a former bodyguard of the president, and that he ordered his abduction.… one of Mr Kadyrov’s closest advisers visited Austria two months before the killing and that he was met at the airport by one of the men now in custody.

But Kadyrov Spokesman Alvi Karimov dismissed the allegations: “What we’re seeing here is a very clear desire to smear the name of the Chechen president. Mr Kadyrov had nothing to do with this killing. The man who was killed was completely irrelevant – he had no influence on what’s going on in Chechnya.”

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