Investigation into former Dagestan mayor Amirov extended until February 28
MOSCOW, November 7 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) - The probe into former Makhachkala Mayor Said Amirov, who faces accusations of having ordered the murder of an investigator, has been extended until February 28, RAPSI reports from Moscow's Basmanny District court.
Amirov has been the mayor of Makhachkala, the capital of the southern Russian region of Dagestan, since 1998. A long-term member of the ruling United Russia party, Amirov won the title of the country's best mayor in late April, according to his administration's website.
He was arrested on June 1 and transported to Moscow, where he was taken into custody on suspicion of having ordered the murder of investigator Arsen Gadzhibekov in the Dagestan city of Kaspiysk in 2011. Amirov has denounced the case as politically motivated.
Gadzhibekov, chief of the investigation department in Makhachkala's Sovetsky District, was shot dead near his home as he was getting out of his car. He had worked on a number of crimes, including the 2010 terror attack in Kizlyar that killed 10 and injured 270.
On June 4, charges were officially brought against Amirov. The investigators believe that he ordered the assassination, which was organized by Magomed Abdulgalimov with accomplices.
On July 26, the Basmanny District Court extended Amirov's detention until November 11.
On October 28, Amirov was also charged with terrorism and illegal arms trafficking. Investigators found that former mayor and his accomplices planned to fire at a plane of Amirov's political opponent Sagid Murtazaliyev by a man-portable air defense system.