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    Estemirova’s Colleagues in Chechnya Doubt That Her Real Killer will Ever be Detained Sunday, 28 February 2010 People in Chechnya are sceptical to the news
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      Estemirova’s Colleagues in Chechnya Doubt That Her Real Killer will Ever
      be Detained

      Sunday, 28 February 2010

      People in Chechnya are sceptical to the news that the murderer of the
      well-known human rights defender Natalya Estemirova, kidnapped and
      assassinated on July 15, 2009, is established. Her colleagues believe
      that inspectors know already for a long time the executors and
      organizers of this crime; however, they doubt that the names will ever
      be disclosed.

      A representative of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) “Memorial” in Chechnya
      told the “Kavkaz-Uzel” correspondent that the Centre has no information
      that Estemirova’s gunman was really established. “As far as I know, our
      leaders contacted yesterday the bodies of inquiry, and this information
      was not confirmed there. Several months ago it was announced that the
      inspectors dealing with Natasha’s murder were close to solving the
      crime, but for some unknown reason no results have been presented so
      far,” the human rights activist said.

      Oleg Orlov, head of the HRC “Memorial”, has also refuted, in his
      interview to the “Echo Moskvy” Radio, the statements that Estemirova’s
      murderer was established. He expressed fear that “political reasons may
      prevent the investigatory group from investigating this murder to the end.”

      Some colleagues of the perished human rights defender are even more
      categorical in their judgements. “Everybody in Chechnya knows already
      for a long time who, why and under whose order could kidnap and kill
      Natasha. Back last autumn, according to some of my colleagues,
      inspectors found the car, in which Estemirova was taken away. This car
      was used by employees of one of pro-Moscow Chechen forces, already,
      however, with other license plates,” the head of one of local NGOs, who
      knew Estemirova very well, said in this occasion.

      “It’s also quite easy to find the customers and organizers. Oleg Orlov
      is absolutely right saying that to investigation of this murder is
      hampered by political reasons,” said the source.

      He has not excluded also that someone of earlier perished puppet forces
      of Kadirov could be declared to be Natalya Estemirova’s killer. “It’s
      the most probable version of events for the puppet authorities, allowing
      them to kill two birds with one stone.” Firstly, the crime could be
      declared solved, and, secondly, real organizers of the murder could be
      withdrawn from punishment,” he is convinced.

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      http://tinyurl.com/2010-02-estemirovas-colleagues
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