Zaur Dadayev, the main suspect of the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, will ask for a jury trial, influential Russian newspaper Kommersant reports referring to sources close to the investigation.
Firstly Dadayev confessed to the crime, but then said that he had incriminated himself. Human rights activists state that Dadayev was severely beaten and tortured during interrogations.
According to the lawyers, the jury will not believe Dadayev’s confessionary statements.
Kommersant’s source notes that the usually it is not easy to impress jurors with low-quality CCTV footage: one cannot declare with certainty that blurred screenshots feature a defendant. In addition, the investigators do lack testimony for the prosecution.
Boris Nemtsov was shot dead on February 27 not far from the Kremlin. Five Chechens were arrested over the case of the murder of the politician. They were charged on March 16.