Austria investigates Chechen exile murder in Vienna

Austrian authorities are investigating the murder of a Chechen exile in Vienna earlier this week.

Austria investigates Chechen exile murder in Vienna
Austrian authorities are investigating the murder of a Chechen exile in Vienna earlier this week, but prosecutors said on Thursday they had no evidence that the killing was political.

The man, identified by police as Umar Israilov, was shot on Tuesday three times by two men who were picked up by a car after the shooting, state prosecutor Gerhard Jarosch told journalists.

According to a report in the International Herald Tribune, Israilov had accused Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov of participating in kidnappings and torture sessions in a complaint filed in the European Court of Human Rights.

The 32-year-old Kadyrov denies any involvement in kidnapping or torture.

A spokeswoman for the court confirmed that Israilov had filed a complaint against Russia in 2006 but added the application was not completed and the court could therefore not disclose details of the original complaint.

Prosecutor Jarosch told a news conference that Israilov, who had been granted political asylum in Austria, had told authorities that he thought he was being followed.

But he said there was currently no evidence suggesting that the killers were hired or politically motivated.

"A political background (for the murder) is something we are considering, but we need proof. So far we don't have any," Jarosch said. "There are many possible motives for a murder."

The owner of the car in which the killers escaped, an asylum seeker also from Chechnya, was arrested on Tuesday, Jarosch said. Police are still searching for the killers.


Reuters
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