MOSCOW, June 14 (RIA Novosti) – The mayor of the capital of Russia’s restive Dagestan region, formally charged in the murder of a local investigator, was briefly hospitalized after he inflicted wounds on himself while in pre-trial custody, the Izvestia daily said on Thursday citing unnamed sources.
None of the newspaper’s information could be independently confirmed, as the publication was released in the middle of the night, Moscow time.
The investigation believes Said Amirov, mayor of the city of Makhachkala in the Russian North Caucasus, was the mastermind behind the December 2011 killing of investigator Arsen Gadzhibekov in the Dagestan city of Kaspiysk, the Investigative Committee said in a statement on its website. Amirov was detained on June 1 and taken to Moscow, where a judge ordered him placed into pretrial custody for two months.
An unnamed source in the Federal Penitentiary Service told Izvestia that a prison guard discovered Amirov, who was “covered with blood,” late on Tuesday.
“The detainee had quite deep cuts on his right arm, left wrist and both shins,” Izvestia quoted the source as saying. “Doctors said that though the wounds were indeed life-threatening, it was hard to establish whether Amirov indeed planned to take his own life or did it in protest, as inmates sometimes do.”
The man was taken to Moscow’s Hospital No. 20, but was later transferred back to a pretrial detention facility, the source told Izvestia.