Dubai tries Chechen murder suspects

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Two men charged in connection with the assassination of a Chechen leader have appeared in a United Arab Emirates court.

Sulim Yamadayec, a commander of a Chechen battalion allied with Moscow, was shot in the back of the head last March in the UAE city of Dubai - where the trial is being held.

The suspects - one Iranian and the other from Tajikstan - are charged with "aiding and abetting" the murder.

But several men accused of actually carrying out the assassination are currently in Russia and UAE authorities want them extradited to face charges in court.

Al Jazeera's Dan Nolan reports from Dubai.

[March 18, 2010]

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