x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Court date set for Yamadayev murder accused

Two men accused over the murder of the Chechen militant Sulim Yamadayev will appear in court for the first time at the end of the month.

DUBAI // Two men accused in the killing of the Chechen militant Sulim Yamadayev will appear in court for the first time this month. Mahdi Lournia, an Iranian national, and Makshud Jan, a Tajik, were charged with aiding and abetting a crime as well as possession of an unlicensed weapon in connection with the death of Mr Yamadayev, who was shot dead in the basement car park of his Jumeirah Beach Residence apartment on March 28. They will both appear before Dubai's Criminal Court of First Instance on August 31. Mr Lournia, accused of having supplied the gun that killed Mr Yamadayev, is being represented by Ibrahim al Qassim of Ibrahim al Qassim Advocates while Mr Jan has not yet appointed a lawyer, according to the public prosecution. Mr al Qassim, who is currently out of the country, was not available for comment. Lournia worked as a horse groom for the Chechen president, Ramzan Kadyrov. On April 6, Mr Kadyrov issued a statement on the presidential website saying that Mr Lournia worked as a groom and that at the time of the killing he "was at the racetrack and in constant phone contact". Currently Dubai Police have seven Interpol warrants for the remaining suspects. newsdesk@thenational.ae