of Russian Lawyers Arrives in Qatar
(RIA Novosti) – A team of Russian lawyers has arrived in the Arab
Emirate of Qatar to provide legal aid to the two Russian nationals,
who are accused of assassinating ex-Chechen President Zelimkhan
Yandarbiyev, according to the Russian embassy to Qatar.
The lawyers came to Doha on Saturday night.
A Moscow source earlier said a team of lawyers
to protect the arrestees’ interests had been made up.
The Russian foreign ministry said yesterday that
Russia would provide appropriate legal backing to its imprisoned
"Russia is intent on protecting the interests
of its nationals who are in custody in Qatar, including by providing
legal assistance," the ministry told RIA Novosti.
The foreign ministry said it was seeking to have
them released as soon as possible.
Three Russian nationals, who were staying at the
Russian embassy in Doha, were arrested in the early hours of February
19. One of the arrestees holds a diplomatic passport and was,
therefore, released soon. Moscow admits that the arrestees are
secret service officers.
The Qatar authorities accuse the Russians of involvement
in the assassination of Chechen separatist leader Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev,
who had lived in Qatar for the past four years as a guest of honor
of Sheikh al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar, while being not allowed
to engage in political activities.