Moscow, July 31, Interfax – The investigation has detained three accomplices in the murder of Muslim religious figure Metin Mekhtiyev in the center of Moscow last April, spokesman for the Moscow division of the Investigative Committee of Russia Viktoria Tsyplenkova has said.
"Three men have been detained in Moscow in relation to the investigation of several grave crimes whom investigators suspect of being involved in the murder of Metin Mekhtiyev," she said to Interfax.
She said that a motion to order their arrest has been submitted to court.
Tsyplenkova reminded Interfax that the body of 33-year-old Mekhtiyev with wounds to his head and neck was discovered in a street in central Moscow on the night of April 10.
"Investigators believe that the murder was related to robbery – the assailants had stolen a Vertu mobile phone, a wallet with cash and the keys to a rented apartment," the spokesperson said.
"A 28-year-old resident of Orenburg Region Vitaly Kalinin, a 26-year-old resident of Tomsk Region Nikolay Yermakov and a 26-year-old native of Kazakhstan Alexander Savelyev were detained yesterday on suspicion of causing severe bodily injuries to a man in central Moscow this month and also on suspicion of attacking Mekhtiyev," she said.
Mekhtiyev’s death sparked off broad public response. His friends and collages believe it was a hate murder. However, investigators have flatly refused to consider the motive saying that the main reason had been mercenary.
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