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Some details of Lieutenant General Rail Rzayev’s murder known

13 February 2009 [11:09] - TODAY.AZ
Some details of the murder of commander-in-chief of the Military Air Forces and Air Defense Troops, Lieutenant General Rail Rzayev are known.
A source in law-enforcement bodies told APA that the general was shot in back of head. The driver stopped the car in Ismayilbay Gutgashinli Street, 125, 500m far from Rail Rzayev’s house in Inshaatchilar Avenue, 533 to toss out the garbage. When the driver returned he saw that the general did not move. As Rzayev had infarction earlier, the driver thought he had infarction again. He immediately took him to the Military Hospital of Defense Ministry and told the doctors Rail Rzayev had infarction. When the doctors wanted to examine him they saw he had been shot in the back of head. Only after that the driver saw bullet hole in the window of the car. The bullet lodged in the general’s head.

According to the source, Rzayev was shot soon after the driver went to toss out the garbage. The general was shot once. The facts show that the murder was committed by a professional killer. Practice shows that professional killers make a trial shot at the back of their victims’ head to make sure that they died. Rzayev’s killer made only one shot. It turns out that the killer saw the driver tossing the garbage several times. He exactly learned where the car would stop, where the driver would toss the garbage and how the general would sit in the car. It was possible only as a result of long-lasting observations. Chief of Azerbaijani Armed Forces headquarters Najmaddin Sadikhov also said Rail Rzayev had been pursued for some time.

It has not been yet determined which fire-arm was used to shoot Rail Rzayev. Sniper rifle is probably used. It was impossible to shoot the target correctly with revolver and other fire-arms from proper distance. It is a real version that the victim was shot with optical sniper from the proper distance. There were many security cameras in the site and it strengthens probability of the version. The criminal cannot act without taking the factor into account. It was impossible to shoot the victim from near distance. It does not seem real to fire on the target from the car. According to official reports the incident occurred at 07.30 on February 11, when there were traffics and crowd. The criminal did not fire on the victim from the car to opposite one. There is another version that Rzayev was shot from one of the buildings, which was behind of the car owned by Rail.

The criminal took weather condition into account as well. He committed a crime in rainy weather. The criminal intended to cover up tracks. The criminal deprived law-enforcement bodies of disclosing the crime. It shows the murderer’s professionalism.
An investigation group is probably aware of above-mentioned factors. It is not difficult to determine the case with medical and ballistic examinations. The main issue is to find out motive of the crime and the criminal. The criminal case has been already launched under Articles deliberate murder and illegal storage of fire-arms. The source from law-enforcement bodies reports that there is progress in investigation process.


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