Der Spiegel reports second Russian suspect in murder case of Khangoshvili in Berlin

  • Bicycle at the crime scene in BerlinOlaf Wagner / BILD., 29 Jun 2020 - 13:07, Tbilisi,Georgia

German news outlet Der Spiegel writes that the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) of Germany and the Federal Prosecutor's Office have revealed a second possible suspect in the case of the assassination of Georgian citizen of Chechen origin Zelimkhan Khangoshvili.

The second alleged suspect, Roman D., is a resident of Saint Petersburg.

Der Spiegel writes that Roman D. arrived in Poland through Belarus, and then made his way to Germany just two weeks before the murder of Khangoshvili. Der Spiegel writes that the Federal Criminal Police Office and the Federal Prosecutor's Office suspect that he was also involved in the preparation of the murder. 

Moreover, it is reported that a few months before the murder, both men were in the town of Orekhovo-Zuevo, near Moscow, where, according to Der Spiegel, special agents of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation are trained.

A veteran of the Second Chechen War (1999-2009), Khangoshvili, 40, was shot on August 23, 2019 in Berlin on his way to Friday prayers.

He was a field commander during the war, which is why he was wanted and continuously persecuted by Russian police. 

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Khangoshvili was a terrorist.