Lawyer: investigators find role of defendants in Nemtsov's murder case

Opposition campaigner, ex-deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was killed in central Moscow early on February 28.

Opposition campaigner, ex-deputy prime minister Boris Nemtsov was killed in central Moscow early on February 28.

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Nemtsov was killed in central Moscow on Feb. 27

The investigators have established the role of all the defendants in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, when the final indictment was issued against them on Tuesday, the lawyer of a defendant told Interfax.

"The theory by the investigators is not specifically impressive. It points to Bakhayev collecting information about Nemtsov, including on the Internet, and then passing it to Zaur Dadayev, and, after the perpetration of the crime, hiding members of an organized criminal group in the Kozino village," lawyer Zaurbek Sadakhanov, who defends Khamzat Bakhayev, said.

The investigators believe that another accomplice of the perpetrators of murder, Temirlan Eskerkhanov, "has been collecting information about Nemtsov, including on the Internet, which he has passed to Dadayev and other members of the organized criminal group, as well as a Mercedes car owned by Mukhudinov, who has been trafficking members of the organized criminal group and has assisted them in hiding after the crime had been committed."

A third accomplice, Shadid Gubashev, "a BMW car which he owned, has been transporting members of the organized criminal group in Moscow and the Moscow region, has secretly surveyed for Nemtsov, including on the Internet, has been assisting members of the organized criminal group, including passing to them a ZAZ Chance car which Dadayev and Gubashev owned," the lawyer cited in the ruling by investigators.

Investigators consider Dadayev, who had gunned down the politician overnight on February 28, on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge, upon receiving information about him from his accomplices in advance, as a direct perpetrator of Nemtsov's murder.

As for Anzor Gubashev, the Investigative Committee believes that he "had conducted surveillance, including on the Internet, and trafficked members of the organized criminal group with a ZAZ Chance car," he used the same car in perpetrating the crime, Sadakhanov said.

The lawyer said that the investigators had no evidence against his client Bakhayev, therefore, he requested to hold a face-to-face confrontation between all the defendants of the criminal case, as well as the termination of the criminal case in the absence of evidence in the involvement of his client in the crime.

"I have requested a face-to-face confrontation with all the defendants to find out what has been passed by whom and to whom, as well as to terminate the criminal case for Bakhayev's non-involvement in the crime. The investigators have not produced a single evidence of his implication, as well as no concrete information concerning which exact data he passed and whom he concretely hid," the lawyer said.

Nemtsov was killed on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in central Moscow on February 27, 2015. The Russian Investigative Committee's Main Investigations Department is probing the criminal case, which was opened on charges of murder and illegal weapons turnover.

Moscow's Basmanny District Court ruled to take five people implicated in the case, Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev, Shadid Gubashev and Temirlan Eskerkhanov, into custody.

Ruslan Mukhudinov, a member of the Sever (North) battalion of the Chechen Interior Ministry, has been charged in absentia with organizing the killing. The Basmanny Court arrested him in absentia on October 18 at the investigators' request.

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