MOSCOW, October 16 (RAPSI) – Moscow’s Basmanny District Court has upheld the investigators’ refusal to open a criminal case over alleged use of tortures against Tamerlan Eskerkhanov, who stands charged with involvement in the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, his attorney Rosa Magomedova told RAPSI on Friday.

The court therefore rejected an appeal filed by Eskerkhanov.

According to the lawyer, her client has been tortured by law enforcement officers. The Investigative Committee in June refused to open a torture case.

Nemtsov was murdered in central Moscow on the night of February 28. In the 1990s, the politician held a number of high-ranking posts in the Russian Government. In the 2000s, he joined the opposition.

Five suspects were detained in the case, including the alleged murderer Zaur Dadayev, brothers Anzor and Shadid Gubashev, and Khamzat Bakhayev who, according to investigators, provided his accomplices with information and then hid them after the murder. The fifth suspect, Temerlan Eskerkhanov is said to have monitored Nemtsov’s whereabouts. Investigators have not revealed the suspected role of the Gubashev brothers in the crime.

Dadayev initially testified against himself and the other suspects, but later retracted his testimony in court.