Ex-Chechen police officer Geremeyev wanted for a long time in Nemtsov murder case - source

Law enforcement agencies are conducting special investigative procedures to detain former Chechen Interior Ministry officer Ruslan Geremeyev in a criminal case dealing with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.

Law enforcement agencies are conducting special investigative procedures to detain former Chechen Interior Ministry officer Ruslan Geremeyev in a criminal case dealing with the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, a source with knowledge of the situation told Interfax.

"Geremeyev has been wanted for quite a long time, and if he comes back, he will be detained immediately at a transport facility. Such instructions have already been issued," he said.

The suspect could be indicted in absentia and declared federally wanted in the near future, he said.

"There are grounds for this," he said.

Nemtsov was shot and killed on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow on February 27.

Moscow's Basmanny Court has sanctioned the arrest of five suspects in the case, namely Zaur Dadayev and Anzor Gubashev as the presumed perpetrators of the killing and their suspected accomplices Khamzat Bakhayev, Shadid Gubashev, and Temerlan Eskerkhanov. All of them will remain in custody at least until August 28.

A source familiar with the situation had told Interfax on June 3 that law enforcement agencies intended to place Geremeyev, a former officer of the Sever (North) special police task force, on the federal wanted list on suspicion of involvement in the organization of Nemtsov's murder.

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