The often-postponed trial of two men — one an Iranian with ties to Chechen president Ramzan Kadyrov — accused of complicity in the assassination of Kadyrov-rival Sulim Yamadayev last Dubai World Cup day convened in Dubai today with testimony that directly implicates Mr. Kadyrov’s cousin and right-hand man, Adam Delimkhanov, in the assassination.
The assassination sparked an international fracas between Dubai and Chechnya last year, with Mr. Delimkhanov and Dubai’s top cop, Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, publicly insulting each other in the media. Lt. Gen. Tamim had Mr. Delimkhanov placed on an Interpol wanted list while Sheikh Mohammed, the ruler of Dubai, and Mr. Kadyrov, an international racehorse owner, uneasily raced horses against each other in Europe.
Mr. Kadyrov, like last year, has a small string stabled in Dubai with trainer Herman Brown and his assistant, Nicolas Iguacel. Nicolas recently commented on this blog about the Iranian’s role in the Kadyrov operation and his whereabouts on Dubai World Cup day last year.
This is what he said in a comment posted on Nov. 29, 2009 (not edited): “We are in Dubai and Meydan is going fast but still a lot to do. The iranian guy that was arrested three days after the world cup wasn t a groom. He was working for an embassy here in dubai and was our interpreter cos Ramzan doesn’t speak in english. The guy was at the stables the morning of the murder and at the races from the first race until the last race cos they had Bankable running in the duty free and i was with him so i dont think if you murder someone you will be so cool at the races and then he came the following two days to the stables so i think he was in the wrong place at the right time cos you don t want to go to jail in dubai, like all the other suspects the best it would be to flight out of the country but im not a detective, it s just my opinion.”
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