Senior judge shot dead in Russia's Dagestan

10:22, July 11, 2010      

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A senior judge in Russia's North Caucasus republic of Dagestan was found dead on Saturday with gunshot wounds in his body, the Dagestani Interior Ministry said.

The body of the chairman of the federal court of Untsukul district was found behind the steering wheel of a car parked in the Dagestani capital, Makhachkala, a ministry spokesman told Interfax news agency.

The spokesman said an investigation had been launched.

The murder of judges has become a frequent thing in North Caucasus republics, especially Chechnya, Dagestan and Ingushetia, where militants frequently target police and officials as representatives of Russian authorities.

In June, a judge, Abdurakhman Gamzatov, was shot dead in the village of Untsukul in his house.

In April 2008, a deputy chairman of Ingushetia's Supreme Court, Khasan Yandiyev, was killed in the city of Karabulak after unidentified assailants ambushed his Mercedes car and sprayed him with fire. The judge died of wounds at the scene of the incident.

In a similar attack in January, 2008, Anatoly Kyarov, who led the fight against organized crime in the North Caucasus Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, was killed along with another police officer in a car by armed gunmen.



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