Alleged Chechen killer fights extradition

An alleged Chechen warlord wanted for extradition by Russia shot the fingers off a suspected enemy informer, a hearing in central London was told yesterday.

Akhmed Zakayev, 44, is wanted by the Russian government to face 13 charges of criminal activity in the Chechen republic between 1995 and 2000. His case came to public attention when the Oscar- winning actress Vanessa Redgrave appeared in court to stand surety for £50,000 bail.

James Lewis QC told Bow Street magistrates’ court that Mr Zakayev made up part of a firing squad and led the armed South Western Front group. He was said to have overseen “murders and kidnappings”. Full Story

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