Chechen Deputy Suspected of Murder off Interpol Wanted List

RIA Novosti on January 23, 2012 released the following:

“Russian lawmaker Adam Delimkhanov, who has been accused of murdering Russian Army Commander Sulim Yamadayev, was removed from Interpol’s wanted list, Rosbalt news agency said on Monday.

Delimkhanov was removed on the request of Dubai police, a source within the Russian security service told the agency. He linked the move to Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov’s visit to the United Arab Emirates in November 2011.

Yamadayev, who commanded the elite Vostok Battalion in Chechnya and was awarded the Hero of Russia title for his efforts, was gunned down in Dubai on March 28, 2009. He was shot in the chest with three bullets from a gold-plated gun in the car park of a luxury apartment complex where he was living with his wife and children.

Dubai police accused Delimkhanov, who is a close friend of Kadyrov, of ordering the assassination. Both strongly denied any link to the murder.

Tajik businessman Makhsudzhon Ismatov and Iranian Mahdi Lorniya were accused of planning the murder and assisting the man who pulled the trigger. In 2010, they both received life sentences, but later the Dubai Appeal Court limited their sentences to 27 months without any explanation.

Dubai officials said last year that Sulim was buried in a cemetery in the United Arab Emirates, but Sulim’s brother, Isa, insisted until recently that Sulim was in a coma. In late August, Isa said his family made the decision to shut off the life support machine that was keeping Sulim alive.

Shortly before the funeral, Isa Yamadayev said he was ready to become Kadyrov’s ally and that he held no bad feelings towards the Chechen leader.

Sulim’s other brother, Ruslan Yamadayev, a former member of the Russian lower house of parliament, the State Duma, was gunned down in central Moscow in September 2008. He was a prominent opponent of Kadyrov, who denied any involvement in that murder as well.”

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