Turkey arrests two members of a network for assassinating Chechen dissidents

Turkish security forces arrested two other members suspected of belonging to a spy network that was planning to kill a Chechen dissident in Turkey on the orders of the Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov.

As part of the investigation launched by the Istanbul Prosecutor’s Office, the Turkish police arrested 6 spies on 8 October.

Police arrested the two suspects, Saeed Muhammed Abdullah and Shorokh Akhmedov, on November 2 in the Muratpasa district of Antalya and Esenyurt in Istanbul, respectively.

According to the investigation, Abdullah was collecting information on Chechen dissidents in Turkey, while Akhmetov was collaborating with Beslan Rasayev, the head of the spy network.

The “Sabah” newspaper, close to the Turkish government, claims that before the network was revealed, spies – 4 Russians, a Ukrainian and an Uzbek – plotted to assassinate a resident Chechen dissident in Turkey named “Abdul Hakim”, who fought with the opposition in Syria against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

According to information obtained by Turkish intelligence, the leader of the secret network, Beslan Rasayev, has received orders from Kazbek Dokuzov and Adam Delimkhanov, deputy in the State Duma, cousin of the Chechen leader Kadyrov, also wanted by Interpol.

Dukuzov ordered four murders of Chechen dissidents in Europe since 2004.

On 21 October, the official TRT News reported that 6 suspects had been imprisoned in awaiting trial for a plot against Chechen dissidents in Turkey.

He added that the suspects were detained on charges of “political and military espionage” and were planning “armed actions and espionage” against members of the Chechen opposition.

Turkish law punishes the espionage charge with 15 to 20 years’ imprisonment.

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