Jerusalem Post says Iranians say Russians say French say Kerry assassination attempt, not bike crash

Amirov's Moscow pad

Amirov’s Moscow pad

According to the report in Nasim, Kerry secretly met with one of the leaders of Islamic State on March 31. The meeting eventually led to an armed clash and an attempt to assassinate the US secretary of state.

Kerry’s meeting, in which the alleged assassination attempt took place, was with Gulmurod Khalimov, a senior Tajik police commander, trained in the United States, who announced his defection to Islamic State in a video released last week, the report states.
The report cited communications intercepted by Russian intelligence from France, the US and Switzerland as confirming that two other people were shot in the incident, one of them fatally.

[June 12 Amirov asks for house arrest in Sparrow Hills pad]
Protection of the mayor of Makhachkala requires mitigation measures of official restraint, because he has an apartment in the capital, and his state of health does not allow him to remain in jail

Lawyers for the mayor of Makhachkala Said Amirov, accused in the murder, asked the court to release their client from custody and place him under house arrest in the 5-bedroom apartment of 200 square meters, located in a luxury residential complex “Sparrow Hills, worth about $ 2.5 million according to advocates, given the state of health Amirov, as a better place where he can wait for the court, rather than “Lefortovo” jail.
– We are asking to change the measure of restraint Said Dzhaparovich on bail – the amount of which are left to the court – or house arrest. As a place of house arrest, we have offered the place at Mosfilm Street, which belongs to relatives Amirov. He stayed there during visits to Moscow.
According to the Federal State Statistics Service, the apartment number 64 at Mosfil’movskaya street, 70 (RC “Sparrow Hills”) belongs to a certain Abdulaeva Magomed-Ali Isayevich. The apartment in which Said Amirov requests to be placed under house arrest, it is hard to get in,a 48-storey building, , hidden from visitors fences and guard posts. Those wishing to visit the mayor of Makhachkala, will have to overcome one of the three checkpoints on the entrance to the complex “Sparrow Hills” in the lobby, and each corridor.

[June 5]

Russian federal forces stormed Said Amirov in Dagestan and lifted him off to Moscow

Russian federal forces stormed Said Amirov in Dagestan and lifted him off to Moscow

Amirov has appealed a Moscow court’s decision to hold him under arrest for ordering the murder of investigator Arsen Gadzhibekov.

Amirov reacted with outrage when Gadzhibekov had the temerity to question two municipal employees in the course of a routine corruption case. Amirov telephoned Gadzhibekov to warn him not to meddle. When Gadzhibekov nonetheless continued his line of inquiry, Amirov reportedly co-opted first his nephew, Kaspiisk Deputy Mayor Yusup Dzhafarov, and then Magomed Abdulgalimov (aka Tractor Driver or Kolkhoznik), a former assistant to the Kaspiisk city prosecutor, to silence him. They too have been charged in connection with Gadzhibekov’s murder.

Gadzhibekov was shot dead from a passing car on his return to his Kaspiisk apartment late at night. Kaspiisk apartmentsThat is a tactic frequently used by the insurgency, but investigators believe Gadzhibekov was in fact killed by members of an armed criminal group headed by Abdulgalimov and whose members included both insurgents and law enforcement personnel.

As one commentator on Amirov’s arrest has pointed out, it is becoming increasingly difficult to differentiate between the fighters who constitute the military wing of insurgency; bandits engaged in extortion on behalf of, or in name of, the insurgency; and the armed formations subordinate to individual politicians. Amirov is rumored to have 700 armed men at his disposal.
Gadzhibekov was shot dead near his house in the city of Kaspiisk.
“Unknown suspects opened fire from their car on the officer from the republic’s Investigation Committee as he was leaving his car.”
Investigators believe the mayor of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala, Said Amirov, 59 ordered the assassination, which was organized by Magomed Abdulgalimov, the assistant city prosecutor of Kizlyar, together with the Deputy Mayor of Kaspiysk Yusup Dzhaparov and Kirovsky District police investigator Magomed Akhmedov. The murder was carried out by Magomed Kadiyev, the Investigative Committee said.
The authorities have arrested 11 people in connection with this case and have said more suspects may be involved.
[June 4]
Russian Federal investigators say Said Amirov, 59, was arrested with 10 other suspects over the 2011 killing of a senior state detective. They are also looking into accusations of links to drug trafficking and other high-profile crimes for which he could face life in prison.The mayor of Dagestan’s capital Makhachkala for 15 years, Said Amirov was so powerful – and the Kremlin so determined to show its own muscle – that special forces from Moscow were sent to arrest him with helicopters and armoured personnel carriers.

Dagestan, in the spotlight as the place where Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev spent the first half of 2012, is the main focus of an insurgency by fighters who want to found an Islamic state in Russia’s Caucasus mountains.


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