Police on Sunday accused Chechen Vice-Prime Minister Adam Delimkhanov of ordering the assassination in Dubai of the former Russian army commander from Chechnya, Sulim Yamadayev. “Adam Delimkhanov is the man behind the assassination of Sulim Yamadayev,” head of Dubai police Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told reporters in the Gulf city state. “The weapon (used in the assassination) belongs to the guards of the Chechen vice-prime minister,” he added.
Yamadayev, a bitter foe of Chechen leader Ramzam Kadyrov, was shot and killed on 28 March 2009 in a parking lot outside his apartment at Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence complex. A former Chechen separatist, Yamadayev switched sides in the late 1990s and became the commander of Vostok, an elite battalion which fought the rebels. He was dismissed from the military late last year amid bitter rivalry with Kadyrov, and Russian police issued an arrest warrant against him.