Police probe Georgian’s ‘execution’ in Berlin park

BERLIN (AFP) – German police were yesterday investigating the assassination-style killing in a Berlin park of a Georgian man who was reportedly a former special forces commando and Chechnya war veteran.

Police have arrested a 49-year-old suspect from Russia’s Chechnya republic over Friday’s murder of the man media identified only as Zelimkhan K, 41.

The killer had approached his victim from behind, as he was on his way to a mosque, shot him twice and fled by bicycle in what one witness described as an “execution” style killing.

Police divers later recovered a Glock handgun, a wig and the bicycle from the nearby Spree river, reported Bild am Sonntag newspaper. A large sum of money was found in the home of the suspect, according to Tagesspiegel daily.

The victim was reportedly a veteran of the Second Chechen War (1999-2009).

German media said the murder was believed to be a revenge killing related to the victim’s military past.