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RIA Novosti

GROZNY, April 6 (RIA Novosti) - Adam Dzhabrailov involved in the kidnapping and murder of one New Zealander and three British citizens has been detained in Chechnya, a spokesman for the regional operative headquarters for the counter-terrorist operation in the North Caucasus reported.

The suspect was detained in Mesker-Yurt (the Shali district), the spokesman reported adding that a $3 million ransom had been demanded for the four hostages.

Investigators of the Prosecutor's Office are interrogating the detainee.

British Peter Kennedy, Darren Hickey, Rudolph Petschi and New Zealander Stanley Shaw worked for the firm Granger Telecom and were contracted to install a communications infrastructure for Chechen Telecom and the Chechnya Government.

They were kidnapped by a group of terrorists in October 1998. After two-month captivity their heads were found on the Rostov-Baku highway near the Ingush border on December 8, 1998. Their bodies were discovered some weeks later.

Khusein Idiyev from Arbi Barayev's gang was arrested in August 2002 on charges with the murder of three Britons and the New Zealander. Arbi Barayev was eliminated by the federal forces in the summer of 2001 in Alkhan-Kala.

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