Russia is Ready to Extradite Illegally the Former Guard of the Leader of the Tajik Opposition to Tajikistan

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May 29, 2012, 4:33:24 AM5/29/12
Russia is Ready to Extradite Illegally the Former Guard of the Leader of the Tajik Opposition to Tajikistan

On November 4, 2010 a citizen of Tajikistan Abdulvosi Latipov, born 1968, was arrested by the Federal Security Service on the extradition request of the authorities of Tajikistan and placed in a detention center № 1 in Volgograd. Latipov worked as a security guard of  Hoji Akbar Turajonzoda, a former leader of the United Tajik Opposition, against whom a campaign in the republic is organized. At home Latipov is accused of extortion, kidnapping, banditry, assault on a state or public figure, the damage of state property and terrorism. In the case of extradition, Latipov will face persecution and torture by law enforcement agencies of Tajikistan.

On August 24, 2011 Prosecutor General Office of the Russian Federation ordered the extradition of Latipov to Tajikistan.

On December 22, 2011 at the request of the employee of "Migration and Law" Network lawyer Yulia Aksenova Rule 39 of the European Court of Human Rights (EC(t)HR) was applied  to the detainee. It prohibits his extradition to Tajikistan.

At the end of the maximum detention period on May 4, 2012 Latipov was released from prison, but was immediately detained by the Federal Migration Service of Russia in Volgograd region. That occurred in a closed area, where he was not allowed to meet the lawyer. Latipov was taken to the Central District Court of Volgograd with the requirements of his administrative expulsion. The court granted the appeal of the expulsion and returned Latipov to jail.

Yulia Aksenova immediately applied again to the European Court that reminded the Government that Latipov can not be either extradited or deported to Tajikistan. In addition, the lawyer filed an appeal to the Volgograd regional court.

On May 16, 2012 the Volgograd regional court overturned the decision on administrative expulsion and detention, and replaced it with a fine of 2,000 rubles.

However Latipov was not released, his lawyer spent all day near the prison, and went home at 7 p.m.

At 7.30 p.m. she was called from jail and asked to come back. In prison, she was awarded the supervisory order, canceling the decision of second instance on the complaint of the prosecutor. The resolution was signed by Deputy Chairman of the Volgograd regional court. It should be noted that the prosecutor's office does not participate in the administrative affairs , and may supervise only at the request of one of the parties.

Svetlana Gannushkina, a member of the Human Rights Centre "Memorial", the Chairman of the Committee "Civic Assistance", repeatedly contacted Tatiana Korolkova, Representative of Georgiy Matyushkin (Ombudsman of the Russian Federation at the European Court). Gannushkina also appealed to the Federal Security Service, the Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and other agencies. UNHCR plays active role in preventing the deportation of Latipov to Tajikistan.

Despite all the efforts to liberate Latipov, he is still held in jail under the threat of expulsion. Unlawful decision of the court is not canceled.

May 29, 2012

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