The trial of two Russians arrested in Qatar six weeks ago has not started yet, a diplomatic source in Doha, the capital of Qatar, told RIA Novosti over the phone.
According to the source, the Russians have not been called to court yet, as the investigation of the assassination that they are charged with has not been completed. The Russians are charged with the assassination of Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev, a former leader of Chechen extremists. Qatari authorities contend that on February 13 in Doha, two members of the Russian special services put a bomb under Mr. Yandarbiyev's car.
On Monday, Khamad al Tani, Qatar's foreign minister, reported that trial of the two Russian citizens had already started. No details were given.
There are a number of Russian lawyers in Doha but they will be unable to help if the two Russians are tried by a Shariat court. A Shariat court functions like a civil court in Qatar. The power of the defendant is greatly restricted in a trial. In Qatar, serious crimes are usually tried under Shariat law.
Representatives of the Israeli Defence Ministry responded to recent reports about the possible delivery of S-300 SAM systems from Russia to Syria. Israeli Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that Israel would destroy those systems
Russia is to start supplying S-300 air defence systems to Syria in the near future. The shipments will be conducted free of charge