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Germany expels Russian diplomats over Berlin murder

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Filed on December 4, 2019 | Last updated on December 4, 2019 at 10.42 pm
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Forensic experts of the police securing evidences at the site of a crime scene in Berlin's Moabit district, where a man of Georgian origin was shot dead.- AFP

Russia's foreign ministry immediately pledged "retaliatory measures", saying the accusations were "groundless and hostile".

Germany expelled two Russian diplomats on Wednesday after prosecutors said Moscow could be behind the killing of a former Chechen rebel commander in a Berlin park.

Russia's foreign ministry immediately pledged "retaliatory measures", saying the accusations were "groundless and hostile".

Zelimkhan Khangoshvili, a 40-year-old Georgian national, was shot twice in the head at close range in Kleiner Tiergarten park on August 23, allegedly by a Russian man who was arrested shortly afterwards.

The suspect in the killing was said to be riding a bicycle and was seen by witnesses afterwards throwing the bike and a stone-laden bag with a gun into a river.

Police also recovered a wig he was alleged to have used. He has until now been named by police only as Vadim S. but evidence revealed by German prosecutors on Wednesday indicated this may have been a fake identity.

The case has been compared with the poisoning of former Russian agent Sergei Skripal in Britain last year with a Soviet-era nerve agent, which plunged relations between London and Moscow into a deep freeze.


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