Serial killer who committed contract murders in Azerbaijan detained in Moscow

Serial killer who committed contract murders in Azerbaijan detained in Moscow

Iliya Shabanov was put on an international wanted list in 2012, after a businessman Rauf Gasanov was murdered on order of a vice president of Ayna publishing house Farkhad Suleymanov.

Serial killer Iliya Shabanov has been detained in Moscow’s South-West Administrative District. He is accused of committing contract murders in Azerbaijan, reports Mash Telegram channel.

Shabanov was put on an international wanted list in 2012, after a businessman Rauf Gasanov was murdered. Gasanov’s dead body was found in May, 2010, in Khazinsky district, 70 km away from Baku. The killer was accused of assassination attempt involving use of firearms and explosives, reported Aze.Az.

According to the data by the investigation, in October, 2009, citizen of Baku Gasanov left his house in his Nissan Teana and never came back. On November 5, his vehicle was found burnt in Guba, 180 km North from Azerbaijan’s capital. Gasanov’s dead body was found in May in a waterwork.

The investigation found that there was another participant in the crime - a head of Ayna publishing house Farkhad Suleymanov. He was detained in February, 2010, while he was trying to leave the country out of the Heydar Aliyev International Airport. Italian-made gun and 8 rounds of ammunition were found at his summer cottage during the searches.

During the investigation, Suleymanov told that there was a dispute between the victim Gasanov and a resident of Moscow Mustafa Aslanov while sharing out of $5 million they had received from joint deals. Aslanov decided to kill his former partner, and Iliya Shabanov was sent to Azerbaijan for this purpose.

On October 31, 2009, Shabanov met Gasanov and Suleymanov in Narimanovsky district, and brought him to his summer cottage in a settlement of Goradil and shot him dead. The killers threw the dead body into Samur-Absheron channel in order to cover tracks. After that, Suleymanov took Gasanov’s car to Guba and burnt it.

At the present time, the extradition of Shabanov to Azerbaijan is being considered. Suleymanov was sentenced to 14 years behind bars in 2012.

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