Zaur Dadayev, a suspect in the murder of political activist Boris Nemtsov, has pledged his innocence.
"They kept shouting: "Did you kill Nemtsov?" I was telling them that I did not. I thought they would bring me to Moscow and I would tell the court the entire truth about my innocence. Yet the judge did not give me a chance to speak," the newspaper Moskovsky Komsomolets quoted Dadayev as saying on its website.
"I was fighting crime for eleven years and protecting the interests of Russia but I was not even allowed to speak up because I did not have time to study the Criminal Code," he said, adding that he was treated "humanely and with respect" at the Lefortovo detention center.
Dadayev admitted his involvement in Nemtsov's murder on March 8, Judge Natalia Mushnikova said as she was reading out an order on his arrest.
In all, there are five suspects in the criminal inquiry. The Moscow Basmanny Court has ordered their arrest: Dadayev will stay in custody until April 28, Shagit Gubashev will be incarcerated until May 7, and Ramzat Bakhayev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Anzor Gubashev will be detained until May 8.
It was also reported on March 8 that a man who blew himself up with a grenade in Grozny was suspected of murdering Nemtsov.