Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Chechens found guilty in assassination of politician Nemtsov

Chechens found guilty in assassination of politician Nemtsov

Nemtsov's close ally, opposition politician Ilya Yashin, slammed the length of the jail term for Dadayev.

Four others convicted in involvement in the assassination were sentenced to terms ranging from 11 to 19 years.

Former Chechen soldier Zaur Dadaev, who investigators say acted as the gunman, was handed a 20-year sentence.

Dadayev and his accomplices smiled and laughed when they heard the sentences, and stated their only judge would be Allah.

Following Thursday's court ruling, a lawyer for Nemtsov's daughter said she hopes the mastermind will be caught and jailed for life.

The scene in the courtroom in Moscow as the sentences were delivered
The scene in the courtroom in Moscow as the sentences were delivered

Anzor Gubashev was given 19 years in prison; his brother, Shadid Gubashev, was sentenced to 16 years; Temirlan Eskerkhanov received 14 years; and Khamzat Bakhayev got 11 years.

Boris Nemtsov rose to political prominence in the 1990s as a liberal reformer and deputy prime minister under President Boris Yeltsin. Nemtsov's family and friends suspect a cover-up and have demanded that Ramzan Kadyrov, the strongman president of Chechnya, is called in for questioning. However, he later retracted his confession after telling human rights activists from Russia's federal watchdog, the Public Observation Commission, that it was given after being tortured, state news agency RIA Novosti previously reported.

A fifth man, Beslan Shavanov, who was also tied to the killing, threw a grenade at police officers when they tried to arrest him, before killing himself.

Nemtsov was killed on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in direct proximity to the Kremlin on February 27, 2015. Shortly after the killing, Mr. Putin called it "cruel" and "provocative", and he promised Mr. Nemtsov's mother that he would "do everything" to see that the organizers of her son's murder would be punished.

The jury ruled on June 29 to find all five defendants in the criminal case dealing with Nemtsov's assassination guilty and not deserving lenience.

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