Published: Fri, July 14, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Convicted Nemtsov Killers Given Lengthy Prison Terms

Convicted Nemtsov Killers Given Lengthy Prison Terms

A Russian court yesterday handed lengthy jail terms to five Chechens convicted of the contract killing of Kremlin critic Boris Nemtsov, as his allies insisted the masterminds remain unidentified.

Zaur Dadayev was jailed for 20 years by a Moscow military court while the others were given 11 to 19 years.

Zaur Dadayev, the man convicted of fatally shooting Nemtsov, was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Nemtsov was killed on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky Bridge in direct proximity to the Kremlin on February 27, 2015.

A former deputy prime minister, he was one of the most outspoken critics of President Vladimir Putin and Russia's role in the Ukraine conflict. The Moscow district military court delivered the verdict in the Boris Nemtsov murder case.

Dadayev reportedly confessed early in the investigation to killing Nemtsov for insulting Islam and Chechnya's leader, Ramzan Kadyrov, but later recanted his confession.

Prosecutors said they may appeal against the ruling as they had demanded life imprisonment for Dadayev. The report was released three months after he was assassinated.

After the sentences were pronounced on Thursday, Vadim Prokhorov, a lawyer for Nemtsov's family, pledged to continue the fight to bring those who organized and ordered the politician's murder to justice. Evidence in the case points to high-ranking government officials in Russia's restive republic of Chechnya, led by Mr. Kadyrov, an ally of Mr. Putin who enjoys the support and protection of the Kremlin.

Shamsudin Tsakayev, Dadayev's lawyer, said after the sentencing there was "incontrovertible proof" his client had not committed the crime.

In late June, jurors found all the defendants guilty of involvement in the politician's murder and illegal trafficking in firearms and ammunition. Nemtsov's allies say that the masterminds behind the assassination are still at large.

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