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Vienna Court Convicts Three In Chechen Exile Murder Ordered by Kadyrov?

Posted by Info on 05/06/2011

Three Chechen men were convicted in Austria of their role in an exile’s murder during a botched kidnapping.Umar Israilov, 27, died in a hail of bullets in a shooting in broad daylight on a Vienna street in January 2009. The suspected shooter has fled the country.

Austrian investigators have said they believed — mostly based on circumstantial evidence — that Kadyrov ordered a kidnapping of Israilov that went awry and ended in his death.

Kadyrov’s spokesman Alvi Karimov has consistently denied Kadyrov’s involvement in the murder, which followed Israilov’s attempt to bring the Kremlin-backed leader on torture charges before the European Court of Human Rights.

The Vienna court handed the men sentences of life, 19 years and 16 years.
The three men were also ordered to pay damages of 25,000 euros ($35,940) to each of Israilov’s close family members.
The court’s attempt to get Kadyrov to testify via video link came to nothing.

As well in Dubai, police have accused a close adviser to Kadyrov, Adam Delimkhanov, of masterminding the March 2009 killing of Chechen Sulim Yamadayev in the emirate, which he denied.
Yamadayev’s brother Isa has accused Kadyrov of killing Sulim, as well as of orchestrating the 2008 murder of his other brother Ruslan, though Isa has since made peace with Kadyrov.

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