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Georgia has eliminated Zakayev's bodyguard2012-09-04 13:47
Among those 11 militants killed during the Interior Ministry special operation near the Georgian-Russian border, there was the bodyguard of former Chechen separatist emissary Akhmed Zakayev - Dukvakha Doshuyev.
Georgian Interior Ministry reported yesterday that personality of 7 of 11 militants, killed in late August at the Russian border, was identified. Two of them - Aslan Margoshvili and Bahaudin Kavtarashvili, according to the MIA, were citizens of Georgia; the rest - the natives of the North Caucasus.
The most influential figure among them was 44-year Doshuyev. He participated in the first Chechen war, was the bodyguard of a prominent Chechen warlord Akhmed Zakayev, who is now in hiding in London. In the early 2000s, when his commander had gone abroad, Dukvakha Doshuyev was captured by federal forces, but later pardoned.
In 2003, in a London court, during the trial on the extradition of Akhmed Zakayev to Russia, Russian Prosecutor General's Office presented Doshuyev's testimony that witnessed that in the presence of his bodyguard, Akhmed Zakayev issued orders on abductions and murders, for which he was prosecuted in Russia. However, Dukvakha Doshuyev, who left Russia to this time, renounced all the testimony, saying in the court that he had made them under torture. He claimed that he was captured by security services, who held him for several days in a pit at a military base in Khankala, beaten, tortured with electric shock, and then taken to the FSB building in Grozny, where forced to sign a statement against Akhmed Zakayev and read them in front of TV cameras.
"Evidence of Mr. Dushueva seem to me the most compelling", the Judge Timothy Workman said and decided to refuse the extradition of Akhmed Zakayev. "If the authorities are willing to use torture to the witnesses, there is a palpable danger that Mr. Zakayev will be tortured".