(Bloomberg) — A trial over an execution-style murder in a Berlin city park is likely to further test already strained relations between Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government and the Kremlin.
A panel of five judges began proceedings Wednesday against Vadim K. over allegations that he gunned down a Georgian of Chechen descent at the behest of Russian authorities. The victim, identified as Tornike K., was a militia leader from 2000 to 2004 in the second Chechen war against Russia, according to German prosecutors.
Vadim K., 55, shot Tornike K. in broad daylight in the “Kleiner Tiergarten” park in August last year, according to findings in the case. He was apprehended shortly afterward