Thursday, August 5, 2010

Killer Cop Assassinated in Russia

Senior police officer Ibragim Yevloyev and his bodyguard were shot dead by an unidentified man in a café in central Nazran, the capital of Russian constituency Ingushetia.

In 2008, Ibragim Yevloyev shot dead Ingush opposition leader Magomed Yevloyev, best known as the owner of opposition web site, which was highly critical of then Ingush President Murat Zyazikov. (Despite identical surnames, the police official and his victim were not relatives.) Magomed Yevloyev’s relatives alleged intentional murder; the police insisted that was an accident. In 2009, Ibragim Yevloyev was convicted of negligent homicide and sentenced to two years of imprisonment, but the Supreme Court of Ingushetia changed the sentence to suspended imprisonment. Ibragim Yevloyev was then restored to his position within the police department and promoted. Although experts speculate that Ibragim Yevloyev's killing might be blood feud (the tradition is alive in Ingushetia), Magomed Yevloyev’s relatives deny involvement.

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