Dagestan: Criminal Cases against Sapiat Magomedova and Police Officers Who Beat Her Closed

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Dagestan: Criminal Cases against Sapiat Magomedova and Police Officers Who Beat Her Closed

On March 14, 2012, Sapiat Magomedova, a lawyer with the bar association “A.S. Omarov and Partners”, received a ruling from the Department of Internal Affairs of the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in the Republic of Dagestan, stating that the case involving members of the Khasavyurt Police Department who beat her on June 17, 2010, had been closed.  The document also stated that the case in which Magomedova was accused of using violence against the police officers had also been closed.

We remind you that on June 17, 2010, members of the Special Fire Team in the Patrol Service of the Khasavyurt Police Department, Batirbi Magdiev and Nariman Mollaev, beat Sapiat Magomedova in the building of the City Police Department.  As a result, two criminal cases were opened – one against the police officers accused of the crime under Item A, Parts 2 & 3, Article 286 (abuse of power) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation, and a second against Sapiat herself, who was accused of hitting the police officers.  Both criminal cases were considered by the Khasavyurt City Court and returned to the Prosecutor in November 2011 (http://www.memo.ru/eng/news/2011/11/22/2211113.html).

According to Magomedova, the cases were in fact closed on December 28, 2011, but  she was not notified of this.  Sapiat claims that she tried to contact the Prosecutor several times in order to clarify what stage the cases had reached, but she received no reply.  On March 12, Magomedova was at the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee when by chance she discovered that the criminal cases in which she was involved had been closed.  After submitting an inquiry to the Prosecutor, on March 14 she received the statement of the closure of the cases.  It said that “the information obtained in the course of the investigation of the cases involving S.A. Magomedova and the members of the police contains conflicting evidence, and these contradictions are irremovable due to a lack of objective information which might have led to a clearer understanding of the true nature of the incident and the actions of all those involved.  Moreover, all opportunities to collect additional evidence have been exhausted.”

Magomedova intends to appeal the decision of the Prosecutor to close the criminal case against the police officers by whom she was beaten.

For further information on the case of Sapiat Magomedova, see http://www.memo.ru/eng/news/2011/10/06/0610114.html

March 20, 2012

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