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Austria: Upcoming Trial Suggests Links Between Kadyrov And Vienna Killing

Posted by Info on 15/11/2010

The refugee Umar Israilov, 27, was shot dead on January 13, 2009, as he left a grocery store in Vienna. He died as a result of gunshot wounds inflicted by his assailants during the bungled kidnapping attempt. In the years prior to his murder, he had stated publicly that he had been tortured by Kadyrov and had named Kadyrov in a case he had brought before the European Court of Human Rights in 2006.

Israilov had been detained in 2003 in Chechnya as a rebel fighter. Mr. Israilov said he and others had been tortured by Mr. Kadyrov, who amused himself by personally giving prisoners electric shocks or firing pistols at their feet. Israilov was also quoted as saying that he had witnessed beating, kicking, and other torture of detainees by Kadyrov and his subordinates.
After Israilov fled Russia, his father was abducted, tortured by Kadyrov, and held illegally for more than 10 months, apparently in an effort to force the son to return home.
In the summer of 2008, Israilov was approached by a man who said he was sent by Kadyrov and who threatened harm to Israilov and his family if he did not withdraw a case about his torture that he had submitted to the European Court of Human Rights and return to Chechnya. Shortly thereafter the man, Artur Kurmakaev, told Viennese police that Kadyrov had “ordered him to find Israilov and to return him.”
Several days prior to the killing, Israilov complained to Austrian police authorities that he was being followed by unknown individuals.

The Austrian prosecutor’s indictment states that one of Kadyrov’s closest confidents, Shaa Turlaev, ordered the kidnapping and leaves open the question of whether Turlayev was the “driving force” behind the crime or “whether he only acted as Kadyrov’s emissary and passed on orders.”
The Russian government should closely examine evidence gathered by the Austrian police relating to Chechnya’s leader.

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