Chechen leader Kadyrov says he is ready to testify in Nemtsov murder inquiry
Ramzan Kadyrov. Source: RG
Chechnya's leader Ramzan Kadyrov has announced his readiness to testify as part of a criminal investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov.
"I am ready to testify. I will be glad to do it. I have no problems with it, especially as his [Nemtsov's] children have demanded this," Kadyrov told the Govorit Moskva radio station on Thursday.
The Chechen leader also said he would like to know what questions Nemtsov's lawyers want him to answer.
A lawyer representing Nemtsov's children, Vadim Prokhorov, told Interfax last week that he had asked investigators to interview high-ranking officials from the Chechen Republic.
"On April 22, we forwarded a request to the Investigative Committee asking it to interview the republic's head Ramzan Kadyrov, State Duma member Adam Delimkhanov, deputy commander of the Sever battalion Ruslan Geremeyev, Sever battalion commander Alibek Delimkhanov and Federation Council member Suleiman Geremeyev," Prokhorov said.
The lawyer believes that the inquiry is being hampered on the territory of Chechnya.
"Investigators are working. It is very good. But their actions are being obstructed in the territory of Chechnya. For example, the investigators have been unable to establish the whereabouts of Ruslan Geremeyev," he said.
"In our petition we refer to open sources, including the media and Nemtsov's remarks concerning Chechnya's military," the lawyer said.
According to earlier reports, a preliminary investigation into Nemtsov's murder had been prolonged until August 28.
Moscow's Basmanny District Court sanctioned the arrest of five people as suspects in the Nemtsov murder case. These are Zaur Dadayev, who is suspected of firing the fatal shots, Anzor Gubashev, and their presumed accomplices Khamzat Bakhayev, Shadid Gubashev, and Temerlan Eskerkhanov.
Four suspects denied their involvement in the Nemtsov murder, and Dadayev made a confession, according to the warrant of his arrest.
A detective said that testimony by Dadayev who had been cooperating with the police implied the involvement of five suspects in the murder. Dadayev denied cooperating with the investigators and said that he was abducted on March 5 and taken to the Russian Investigative Committee only on March 7 and that he was forced to make a confession.
Nemtsov was killed late February 27 in downtown Moscow.
According to earlier news reports, investigators probing Nemtsov's murder were looking for evidence against a former officer of the Russian Internal Troops in Chechnya Ruslan Geremeyev, but they proved unable to interview this man in Chechnya.