Two men jailed for life over former Chechen commander's murder in Dubai

19:07, April 12, 2010      

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A Dubai court Monday sentenced two men charged with collaboration in former Chechen military commander Sulim Yamadayev's assassination to life in prison, an English daily of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) reported.

The two men, identified as MH and MJ, were found guilty of aiding and abetting a premeditated murder as well as possessing unlicensed weapons, The National said on its website.

The report said MH was an Iranian horse groomer for Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov and MJ was a Tajik national.

According to Dubai-based English daily Gulf News, lawyers defending the two men, who had pleaded innocent, earlier disputed the evidence submitted by prosecutors and asked the court to acquit them.

The lawyers told the Dubai Court of First Instance that their clients were innocent and that the evidence submitted against them was "groundless and uncorroborated," the paper said.

Yamadayev was shot dead in the basement car park of his home at Jumeirah Beach Residence in Dubai on March 28, 2009.

The former Chechen separatist switched sides in the late 1990s and became the commander of Vostok, an elite battalion that fought against the rebels. In 2005, he was awarded Russia's top honor, the Hero of Russia medal.

Yamadayev had challenged Moscow-backed Chechen President Kadyrov for control of Chechen security forces until 2008, when he was dismissed from commanding Vostok and forced to flee.

Source: Xinhua


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