Investigative Committee: driver of journalists killed in CAR not linked to local gendarmerie
Dossier Center believes that the driver of the journalists, Bienvenu Nduvokama, was a former employee and agent of the local gendarmerie.
The driver Bienvenu Nduvokama, who accompanied journalists Orkhan Dzemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguyev in a trip in the Central African Republic (CAR), has no relation to the gendarmerie, a statement of the Russian Investigative Committee (ICR) says.
“The fixer named Martin did not participate in the process of hiring. The driver does not have any relation to the gendarmerie,” says the ICR.
Russian investigators claim to have interrogated Nduvokama. His testimony follows that he met the journalists on the day of their arrival on July 28 in a cafe in Bangui: “Since he speaks English and has a pick-up van, journalists suggested he accompany them on trips around the country.”
According to the ICR, on July 30, on the way out of town local servicemen suggested that the journalists spend the night in the village because of the danger of a night trip, but “the Russians, referring to the lack of time, still set off.”
"It should be noted that initiating reports on this topic in the media, the Internet project Investigation Management Center clearly aims to justify their own miscalculations in preparing a dangerous trip, preferring to put forward their own versions and blame the uninvolved for this," the ICR stated.
The day before, Novaya Gazeta published materials from Dossier Center’s investigation, according to which Rastorguyev, Dzhemal and Radchenko since their arrival to CAR had been under control of the Central African gendarme, who along with two other Africans and three Europeans, was at the site of the murder. He coordinated his actions with the employees of the enterprises of businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin and controlled the driver of the group.
Dossier believes that the driver of the journalists, Bienvenu Nduvokama, was a former employee and agent of the local gendarmerie, but does not indicate the source of this information. Earlier, RIA Novosti reported that he was placed in a detention facility, despite the status of a witness. According to the latest data of investigators, he was released from custody.
Dzhemal, Rastorguyev, and Radchenko were killed in the CAR at a checkpoint on their way to Bambari on July 30. They went to shoot a film with the Investigation Management Center about the work of the private military company Wagner.
According to the ICR’s version, the journalists’ car was stopped by a “group of armed Negroid people speaking Arabic,” who demanded that they give them photographic and video equipment. After the refusal and attempts to resist, the attackers shot the Russians, the driver managed to leave the scene, the investigators believe.