Germany expels Russian diplomats after the killing in Berlin

The German public prosecutor's office suspects Russia of being involved in a killing on German soil in august. Two Russian diplomats have been expelled by Ge

Germany expels Russian diplomats after the killing in Berlin

The German public prosecutor's office suspects Russia of being involved in a killing on German soil in august.

Two Russian diplomats have been expelled by Germany as a result of the killing of a Georgian citizen in the German capital, Berlin.

This was stated by the German ministry of foreign affairs.

The German public prosecutor's office suspects that the authorities in Russia or in the Russian region of Chechnya is involved in the killing, which happened in august.

The killed man by the name of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili had previously fought together with Russia-critical separatists in Chechnya.

Khangoshvili was 23. august close-range shot in the large Tiergarten park in Berlin. The perpetrator had approached the bike. Khangoshvili was on the road towards a mosque when he was shot.

Russia has flatly refused to have anything to with the killing to do.

- I do not think that there is a serious suspicion, and nor can there be. What is the relationship to the Russian authorities?, said Dmitry Peskov, who is the spokesperson for the Russian government, before Wednesday's expulsions.

After the latest development heralds Russia's foreign ministry is an answer.

Russia is calling for the expulsion of the diplomats for "unkind" and "unfounded". It writes the Russian news agencies, according to news agency Reuters.

Germany's foreign ministry informs that it has been decided to expel the diplomats, as a consequence of that the Russian authorities have not cooperated with the investigation into the murder.

A man is arrested in drabssagen. According to German media Der Spiegel traveled the suspect entered the EU under the name of Vadim Sokolov and with an age of 49 years. There must, however, be a false identity, writes the media.

the Man is also suspected of having been involved in the killing of a Russian businessman in 2013. It writes the German news agency dpa.

After the killing in august police found later the perpetrator's bike in the river Spree. It was also here, gerningsvåbnet was found.

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Updated Date: 04 December 2019, 14:00

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