German intelligence agencies shared their version of homicide of Shamil Basayev's accomplice in Berlin
German intelligence agencies believe it was 41-year-old Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, an ethnic Chechen with a Georgian passport, who was included in the list of 300 Chechens living abroad.
German security officials have presented a version of the murder of Shamil Basayev's accomplice Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in central Berlin. On August 23, the man walking in the Tiergarten park was shot by a driving-by cyclist at noon.
The Chechen community in Berlin is extremely concerned about what happened. The German press recalled the death list of 300 Chechens living abroad, who need to be eliminated. It appeared after the “public execution” of the former bodyguard of the head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, Umar Israilov, in the center of Vienna in 2009. It is possible that Khangoshvili was simply next on the list.
The killer acted in front of a dozen eyewitnesses. The first bullet was fired in the back, the second in the head. After the crime, the cyclist got rid of the wig, threw the bicycle into the Spree river flowing nearby and transferred to a pre-prepared moped. However, a few hours later he was detained by the police.
According to documents discovered on the murdered, his name was Vadim S, 49. However, German intelligence agencies believe he was 41-year-old Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, an ethnic Chechen with a Georgian passport. It is known that during the second Chechen campaign he was a field commander and fought on the side of Aslan Maskhadov and the main Chechen fighter Shamil Basayev.
In addition, he sympathized with the group Caucasus Emirate (banned in Russia). In 2008, he gathered a group of 200 volunteers, who participated in the hostilities on the side of Georgia during the Georgian-Ossetian conflict, but refrained from the active service himself.
In 2002, Khangoshvili was put on the wanted list by Russian law enforcement officers on suspicion of terrorism. The former fighter spent the last years in Georgia, and in 2016, after an attempt on him, he sought political asylum in Germany.
During interrogations, the alleged killer denies any involvement in the massacre of the Chechen fighter. During the searches at the victim's apartment, a large amount of money was found. It is also possible that this crime may be political in nature.