European intelligence services detects political motives in islamist Khangoshvili's killing
German law enforcement agencies are studying a version of the political motives, and intelligence agencies in several NATO countries do not exclude the involvement of Russian agents.
German law enforcement agencies are working on a version of the political motives for the murder of Pankisi native Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, and special services of some NATO countries do not rule out the involvement of Russian agents in this crime, the Caucasian Knot reports with reference to German media.
According to Spiegel Online, the investigation considered a motive related to organized crime as a possible option, but a political version is still considered more likely. Khangoshvili was an assistant to the Georgian security agencies in the fight against Russian side in Pankisi, and after an attempt in Tbilisi, he moved to Ukraine, where he collaborated with local security agencies.
Sources of the publication also noted that Khangoshvili "was not an Islamist" and was on the list of Ramzan Kadyrov's mortal enemies.
Berlin police discovered the suspect’s belongings in a river near the murder scene. A pistol with cartridges, a bicycle, and a backpack with clothes, gloves and a wig were pulled out of the water, the BZ-Berlin publication notes.
BZ-Berlin also points out the possible political motives for the killing of Khangoshvili, who was a participant in the second Chechen war and acted as an intermediary between the military and the radicals during the special operation in the Lopota Gorge.
Recall that Chechen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a native of the Pankisi Gorge of Georgia, was shot dead in the capital of Germany on August 23. A 49-year-old Russian citizen, a native of Chechnya, was arrested on suspicion of murder.