Ukraine to extradite Putin murder plotter

August 15th, 2012 - 7:14 am ICT by IANS  

Kiev, Aug 15 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A Ukrainian court has ordered the extradition of Adam Osmayev to Russia, after he was suspected of attempting to kill Russian President Vladimir Putin earlier this year.

The court Tuesday rejected the appeal lodged by Osmayev’s defence team and upheld the decision by the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office.

Under Ukrainian law, the ruling may not be appealed again.

“A decision to ‘kill’ Osmayev has been made,” lawyer Valery Kochetov said.

In February, Ukrainian and Russian security services said they had detained two men with Chechen links who were suspected of attempting to kill Putin.

Osmayev confessed to planning to murder Putin on the orders of Chechen warlord Doku Umarov.

News of the plot came a week before the March 4 presidential polls in which Putin claimed a landslide victory.

Some analysts and opposition figures have said the plot was fabricated to boost Putin’s percentage.

Reports of thwarted assassination attempts against Putin appeared in advance of every election since the former KGB agent came to power in 1999.

A number of Russian media said Chechen militants were planning to kill Putin, then the caretaker president, during his first presidential run in February 2000.

Russia’s security services neither confirmed nor denied the information.

Ahead of Putin’s re-election bid in 2003, Britain said it thwarted a suspected plot by two renegade KGB officers to assassinate Putin while on a foreign trip.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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