Chechen rebel leader 'dies'

One of Russia's most wanted men, the Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, has reportedly died. The Kavkaz Centre, a website linked to Islamist militants, claimed Umarov had "become a martyr", although there were no details on how he may have died.

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Woman fined for Michael Le Vell trial tweet

A woman who admitted tweeting the identity of the alleged victim in the trial of Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell has been fined £110 today.

A woman who admitted tweeting the identity of the alleged victim in the trial of Coronation Street's Michael Le Vell has been fined. Credit: PA

Mr Le Vell was acquitted of all charges but at the end of the trial, Deborah Armstrong, 37, wrote on her Twitter account: "I hope Michael Le Vell's victim ... now goes public" - and identified the female involved.

The tweet, sent using the handle @DebbieJ1976, was re-tweeted and when pointed out to her that her tweet was breaking the law she told others: "You are not my judge and jury."

Armstrong, of St Gregory's Close, Bedale, North Yorkshire, was fined after pleading guilty to an offence under the Sexual Offences Amendment Act on September 10 last year, of publishing information that could lead to members of the public identifying a complainant in a sexual offences case.

Passing sentence, District Judge Khalid Qureshi said: "It's not like the old days where it's a quiet chat in the pub, this becomes public within minutes."

The law gives lifelong anonymity to anyone if they are the complainant in a sex offence case and nothing must be published that can identify them.

Chechen rebel leader's 'successor' announced

The Kavkaz Center website released a video claiming to be of Umarov's successor, Ali Abu Muhammad. Credit: Kavkaz Center/YouTube

The apparent successor to Chechen militant Doku Umarov, who was reported dead today, has issued a video message assuming the leadership of the Caucasus Emirate group.

The YouTube video was posted on the same website which earlier reported Umarov's death.

Speaking in a mixture of Arabic and Russian, Ali Abu Muhammed said "our brother" Umarov had passed away and that he was now taking on his position.

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Chechen rebel leader had $5m bounty on his head

  • One of Russia's most-wanted terrorists, head of the Caucasus Emirate militant group and nicknamed 'Russia's Bin Laden'.
  • Recently reported to have urged militants to attack the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
  • The US State Department offered a bounty of $5m for information leading to his capture.
  • claimed responsibility for numerous attacks in Russia, including the 2010 Moscow Metro bombings and the Domodedovo airport bombing in 2011.
  • Chechnya's pro-Russian president, Ramzan Kadyrov, claimed Umarov had been killed in January.

Chechen rebel leader Umarov reportedly dies

Chechen militant leader Doku Umarov appearing in a video message. Credit: /Photas/Tass/Press Association Images

One of Russia's most wanted men, the Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov, has reportedly died.

The Kavkaz Center, a website linked to Islamist militants, claimed Umarov had "become a martyr", although there were no details on how he may have died.

A spokesman for Russia's anti-terrorism agency was unable to confirm whether the claims were true.

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