The driver told his version of the murder of Russian journalists in the Central African Republic


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“Novaya Gazeta” published fragments of the transcripts of the testimony of the driver who survived the attack on the Russian journalist Orhan Jemal, Kirill Radchenko and Alexander Rastorguev in the CAR.

The publication notes that casts doubt on the authenticity of these materials, “however, for the purposes of the investigation considers it important to disclose them.”

In the transcript, the journalist of the local newspaper Palmares Centrafrique asks the chauffeur Bienvenu Novacea, about the attack on the car in which journalists were, and to murder them. According to men, at a checkpoint in sibyu they were stopped by soldiers of the Republican army (FACA).

Initially, he said it occurred at 18:00 local time, but then changed his story, naming a different time — 20:45.

The driver reported that the military has advised Russians to refrain from trips to Bambari in the evening, and recommended to stay in sibut. He noted that they agreed to spend the night, but then told him to go to the village Decoe, in another side of Bambari. Novacem claims that on the way two of them put on the head “military hats” and got guns.

At 21:50 pick-up “stopped five heavily armed men who ordered everyone out of the car”. The driver claims that he pulled to the side, tied, and stuck in his mouth gag.

Journalists, he said, took him aside. Between them and the unknown “continued the conversation on the raised tones”. Then a shot rang out, then another. Next to the body of three Russians, a knife.

Nuvotem utverjdaet that he was severely beaten, and then the unknown took things the Russians and disappeared

“The new newspaper” also said that the transcript of the testimony of the driver distributes the editor Palmares Centrafrique Saint Regis Someri, offering to buy other materials for the sum from 500 to thousands of euros.

On the death of the journalists became known on July 31. The Russian foreign Ministry confirmed that the killed journalist Orkhan Jemal, Director Alexander Rastorguev and operator Kirill Radchenko. The Russian Embassy was not informed about their stay in the country.

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