A Dubai court convicted two men on Monday of involvement in the 2009 assassination of Chechen military commander Sulim Yamadayev in Dubai. It handed them a life sentence.
The men, Makhsood Jan Asmatov of Tajikistan and Iranian Mehdi Taqi Dahuria, were charged with aiding and abetting in the murder of Yamadayev, who was shot dead in the car park of a luxury seaside apartment, Reuters reported.
Yamadayev fought against Russia in the first Chechen war of 1994-96. But he switched to the Russian side after then-President Vladimir Putin sent troops in 1999 to retake Chechnya.
Dubai police named Adam Delimkhanov, an adviser to Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, as the person who masterminded the murder.