BERLIN — The Latest on Germany’s investigation of the killing of a Georgian man (all times local):
Germany’s foreign ministry says it has expelled two Russian diplomats after prosecutors announced they suspect Moscow’s involvement in the brazen daylight slaying of a Georgian man in Berlin.
The German Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that the expulsion comes after Russian authorities did not answer repeated requests by Germany to help shed light on the slaying in August of Tornike K.
Federal German prosecutors have announced they are taking over the investigation after concluding evidence suggests involvement either by the government of Russia or the Chechen Republic.
The Foreign Ministry identified the diplomats as employees of the Russian Embassy in Berlin but not give their names nor their positions.
Federal German prosecutors say they are taking over the investigation of a brazen daylight slaying of a Georgian man after concluding evidence suggests involvement either by the government of Russia or the Chechen republic.
Prosecutors’ spokesman Markus Schmitt said Wednesday that due to the political nature of the case that has come to light, his office had decided to take over the investigation from Berlin state prosecutors.
He says there are “enough indications of fact that the death of Tornike K. was either contracted by government offices of the Russian Federation or the autonomous Chechen republic as a part of the Russian Federation.”
The Georgian man was shot and killed in broad daylight in Berlin during the summer and police have a suspect in custody.
The Associated Press