MAINZ, Germany — Germany has expelled two Russian diplomats after federal prosecutors concluded that there were “enough indications” that either the Kremlin or the Moscow-backed Chechen government were behind the brazen daytime slaying of a Georgian national.
“Tornike K.” was making his way to a mosque when he was shot twice in the head in Berlin’s Tiergarten park shortly before midday Aug. 23, prosecutors said in a statement Wednesday.
There were “enough indications” that the killing was “either contracted by government offices of the Russian Federation or the autonomous Chechen republic as a part of the Russian Federation,” spokesman Markus Schmitt said.
Due to the political nature of the case, he added that his office had decided to take over the investigation from Berlin state prosecutors. While German law enforcement rarely releases the last names of those involved in a crime, the victim was named by a wide variety of publications.