Former head of Sever Battalion questioned in Nemtsov’s case
Alibek Delimkhanov did not give a direct answer on any of the question, only agreed with Kadyrov’s opinion that Dadaev is a patriot of Russia.
The Moscow District Military Court began questioning former head of the Sever (North) Battalion Alibek Delimkhanov in the murder of politician Boris Nemtsov. Nemtsov’s alleged killer Zaur Dadaev served under Delimkhanov.
Earlier, on January 11, Delimkhanov already appeared in court, but then the interrogation did not take place due to poor health of the witness. He claimed to have a fever.
Judge of the Moscow District Military Court Yuri Zhitnikov proposed to start the hearing with the questioning of police colonel Alibek Delimkhanov, who is considered a witness in the case. The former head of the Sever Battalion entered the hall in uniform with polished medals.
At the beginning of the interrogation, colonel noted that he communicated with Dadaev only on a need-to-know basis. He insisted that his relationship with Delimkhanov was that of "commander and subordinate." The lawyer of Nemtsov’s family Vadim Prokhorov then asked whether Delimkhanov’s subordinates had trips to Moscow, to which the witness replied evasively. At first, the former head of the battalion assured that there had been no such trips, but afterwards suggested that other servicemen might know more about that.
"So, there were some trips was, but you did not sign subsistence allowances?" the lawyer insisted on a more definite answer.
"No, it's been two years, I don’t remember," Delimkhanov replied.
However, the former head of the battalion remembers that he certainly did not send Zaur Dadaev on a business trip to Moscow. He clarified that if the suspect had indeed been sent on a business trip, then he would have reported about that to the headquarters.
The witness also could not answer the question of when and under what circumstances Dadaev had been dismissed.
Vadim Prokhorov asked a few questions about Ruslan Geremeev, his relationship with the witness, and the role in the murder of the politician. However, almost all questions were disallowed by the court. Delimkhanov only had time to admit that Geremeev was his "distant relative" and that he had been the commander of the battalion, which in turn had been part of the regiment named after Akhmad Kadyrov (the latter was headed by Alibek Delimkhanov).
When it was time for the defense of the accused to ask questions, Dadaev’s lawyer Shamsudin Tsakaev recalled that Ramzan Kadyrov had called his client "a patriot of Russia" and argued that he had not committed the murder.
"What do you think about this?" Tsakaev asked Delimkhanov. The latter agreed with the statement of the head of Chechnya.
As the CrimeRussia previously reported, police colonel, who turned to be the brother of a State Duma member from the United Russia party Adam Delimkhanov, close to the head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov, was summoned to court in early December 2016. Former head of the battalion was summoned along with his deputy Ruslan Geremeev, who did not attend the hearing. Representatives of Nemtsov’s family are convinced that Geremeev is the organizer of the murder. Moreover, at the next session in November 2016, the court questioned Zarina Isoeva, who had worked as a cleaner in the apartment where the accused had lived. She pointed out that the key person among them was Ruslan Geremeev, who currently had no procedural status in the case file. The investigation thinks that the crime was organized by Geremeev’s personal driver Ruslan Mukhudinov, who has been placed on a wanted list.
As a reminder, the trial for the murder of Nemtsov began in October last year. Five people have been charged with the crime. Investigators believe that member of the Sever Battalion Zaur Dadaev is the one who committed the crime. All the accused plead not guilty.