Chechen security forces try to take Isa Yamadaev in UAE bypassing Interpol

Chechen security forces try to take Isa Yamadaev in UAE bypassing Interpol
Isa Yamadaev wanted by Chechen authorities

The suspect in the attempt on Ramzan Kadyrov was let go at the eleventh hour.

Chechen law enforcement officers could not detain Isa Yamadaev in the United Arab Emirates. He managed to hide on the eve of their arrival. This is reported by Rosbalt. On April, 16 the Staropromyslovsky Court of Grozny arrested in absentia Yamadaev, who is accused in the republic of organizing an attempt on head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov. As a source familiar with the situation told the publication, immediately after the court's decision the special board with a group of security officials flew from Chechnya to Dubai. They wanted to seize Yamadaev, bypassing the established procedure for the transfer of relevant materials about the search to Interpol.

According to the source of the agency, the arrived already had everything ready for immediate transportation of Yamadaev to Grozny.

According to the investigation, Yamadaev was going to take revenge on Kadyrov for the death of his brother Ruslan Yamadaev, who was killed in 2008. The attempt on Kadyrov became known in October 2016. Then the media imparted that a large explosive device was found at the residence of the president of the republic in the village of Benoy. Simultaneously attacks were being prepared on the residences of the head of Chechnya in several large settlements (including Grozny). Kadyrov himself first called the plot and an attempt preparing on him "nonsense". However, in January 2017, the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Chechen Republic instituted criminal proceedings on the attempt.

The charge is based on the testimony of three detainees – former security guard of Yamadaev Aziz Alviev and former fighters of the Vostok battalion Shamkhan Magomadov and Beslan Zakaraev. According to them, each of them was promised 100 thousand dollars for the fulfillment of the task. Alviev assembled a group of Magomadov and Zakaraev in Gudermes, planned the operation and later received the necessary weapons – a Kalashnikov assault rifle, a Makarov pistol, a Mukha grenade launcher and a mine with a detonator.

The conspirators were hindered by the police, who, according to the Alviev, asked him to proceed with them to the building of the MIA, where he immediately confessed to the crime.

At the same time Yamadaev's defense points out the unlawfulness of the actions of the investigation, arguing that, according to the Russian legislation, the case should be conducted not by civil but by military investigation, since formally Yamadaev is listed as a military serviceman at military unit 16544 of the Defense Ministry. In addition, he is under state protection as a person who has been repeatedly assassinated, therefore it is not necessary to declare him wanted – the relevant federal security agencies are notified of Yamadaev's whereabouts, but declare his inability to appear in Chechnya for investigative purposes, as proper state protection is impossible in the republic. Yamadaev himself believes that the main goal of the Chechen security forces is not his detention, but elimination, allegedly in the face of resistance.

It should be noted that in May 2015 operatives from Chechnya already tried to detain Yamadaev at the Moscow's Domodedovo airport. Then they were prevented by the employees of the Center for ensuring the safety of persons subject to state protection of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation. After that the case against Yamadaev was declared illegal, and his search was terminated.

In the summer of 2009 Isa Yamadaev was unsuccessfully attempted. The killer was detained. He turned out to be Yamadaev's personal security guard – Khavazh Yusupov. Special services were aware in advance of the impending murder, so they changed the ammunition in the gun of Yusupov for blank one.

A few months later Yamadaev through the media asked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for protection from the top leadership of the Chechen Republic, which, in his opinion, announced a hunt for him, wishing to liquidate him. 

At the end of August 2010 the media reported on the reconciliation of Yamadaev and Kadyrov.



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