MOSCOW, April 30 (RAPSI) – Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov said in an interview with Govorit Moskva radio station on Thursday that he was ready to testify in opposition politician Boris Nemtsov murder case.

Nemtsov, co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS) and former first deputy prime minister in the Yeltsin government, was fatally shot as he walked home with a girlfriend in central Moscow late on the night of February 27. He joined the opposition in the 2000s.

Five men were arrested on suspicion of killing Nemtsov: Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev and his brother Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.

Dadayev, former deputy commander of the North Battalion of the Russian Interior Ministry’s Interior Troops, is believed to have killed Nemtsov. Initially, he pleaded guilty to the murder, but later he retracted his testimony, claiming he was under duress.

“I’m willing to testify, no problem, especially since his [Nemtsov’s] children have requested this,” Ramzan Kadyrov said. “If there is conclusive evidence pointing to Zaur Dadayev, he will spend as many years in prison as the court decides. If you commit a crime, you must bear responsibility for it.”

The Chechen leader added that he would like to see the questions Nemtsov’s family’s attorneys have for him.

The Nemtsov family attorneys have filed a petition with Igor Krasnov, senior investigator of major cases under the Investigative Committee chairperson, on behalf of four of Nemtsov’s children. Attorneys Vadim Prokhorov and Olga Mikhailova also want to question MP Adam Delimkhanov and deputy commander of the North Battalion Ruslan Geremeyev.