Nemstov's assassin Zaur Dadaev: "I'm no fool to commit crime in front of Kremlin"
Ex-officer of the MIA battalion 'Sever' Zaur Dadaev, convicted of Boris Nemtsov's murder, denies his guilt.
June 29, the panel of jurors of the Moscow District Military Court issued a verdict to Zaur Dadaev and other four defendants in the case of Boris Nemtsov's assassination. The jurors believe that all of them are guilty not only of the murder of the politician, but also in the illegal storage of weapons, therefore, none of the defendants deserve leniency.
The verdict of the jury is to be discussed in the Moscow District Court on Tuesday. After that, the prosecutor's office will announce the sentences for each of the defendants, and their lawyers will give their reasons. Then the judge will be able to pass sentence.
Dadaev was not pleased with the verdict, and he burst out criticizing the jury. According to him, he is convicted of the most high-profile crime, but has nothing to do with it.
Representative of the Public Monitoring Commission Kogershyn Sagieva has met with Dadaev, who is currently in the Lefortovo pre-trial detention center. He told her that he would not have killed anyone in the center of Moscow in front of the Kremlin.
Dadaev also said that if he had committed this crime in the name of Allah, he would have admitted it right then and there. At the same time, he said that the panel of jurors had been put pressure on, and "the ones who caught on" were removed.
Dadaev sees the verdict of the jury as a punishment from Allah for his sins, adding that he should better graze cows in an aul then "run around the forests, protecting Russia." In addition, Dadaev mentioned Beslan Shavanov, one of the defendants of the case, who had been killed by law enforcers during detention, in his monologue; he noted that the Gubashev brothers perjured themselves during the interrogations.
Then he began to argue as to why the Chechen authorities have not stood up for his defense: "Take Kadyrov – why should he protect me? I served in the Sever battalion, but it was the president of Russia, and not him, who awarded me the Order of Courage. But the Chechen government could have come to court and say they had not sent me (on a business trip to Moscow), but I guess they are not in the position to do so."
At the end of the conversation with Kogershyn Sagieva, he added that he had not yet thought what he would do in 25 years. Apparently, such is the term of imprisonment that he expects to receive.
Dadaev's lawyer insists that the guilty verdict could have been falsified, so they plan to challenge the legality of such a decision.
To recall, as previously reported by the CrimeRussia, Boris Nemtsov was murdered on February 27, 2015; the politician was shot dead on the Bolshoy Moskvoretsky Bridge in Moscow near the Kremlin.
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