Defence given more time in Chechen murder case

Lawyer has until November 9 to get concession document from Yamadayev's blood guardians

The defence lawyer of the Iranian clerk, MT, the prime accused in the Chechen leader assassination case, is yet to collect a concession from the blood guardians.

The Appeal Court adjourned the case until November 9 giving lawyer Abdullah Al Madani more time to get the necessary documents from Chechnya and for the defence lawyers to submit their final arguments.

In a dramatic development in the previous hearing, MT’s defence lawyer Al Madani told the Dubai Court of Appeal that the blood guardians have agreed to make a concession of their right.

MT and MK, Tajik businessman, were accused with other fugitives of the assassination of the Chechen leader Sulim Yamadayev, on March 28, 2009 to the favour a Chechen politician AD at the parking of his home at the Jumeirah Beach Residence.

Yamadayev came to reside in Dubai after his retirement as a rebel leader four months before his assassination.

According to the prosecution sheet, two people used to accompany Yamadayev as personal guards. One of the two men was hit on his head by the assassins and the other one was never attacked.

MT’s role was to control Yamadayev, and was accused of criminal complicity and possessing unlicensed weapon used in the crime which was found next to the body. MK was accused of criminal complicity.

Each of the accused was awarded life jail term followed by deportation and the confiscation of the used weapon by the First Instance Court on April 12.

Both the Dubai Public Prosecution and the defendants have appealed the First Instance sentence.

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