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    MILITANT TURNS HIMSELF IN IN CHECHNYA

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    GROZNY, May 13 (RIA Novosti) - Aslan Khatayev, a militant from Bitmurzayev's gang, turned himself in to law enforcement agencies in Chechnya's Kurchaloi district, RIA Novosti was told in the Regional Operational Staff for controlling the counter terrorist operation in the North Caucasus.

    "Khatayev was part of the gang of the so-called emir of the Mairtrup settlement, Bitmurzayev. He was a judge with the Shariat court of the Shali district, rendered assistance to field commander Imran who was part of the gang of Arab mercenary Khattab killed by the federal forces," said a Staff representative.

    In his words, for some time, Khatayev was used by Arabs as a guide and a courier to deliver weapons, ammunition and foodstuffs to the gang.

    Now Khatayev gives evidence about members of illegal armed formations, said the source.

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