Dagestan: Dzhakaev Held in Detention Facility in Khasavyurt

0 views
Skip to first unread message

Memorial.Rus

unread,
Mar 15, 2012, 9:34:33 AM3/15/12
to hrcmemo...@googlegroups.com
Dagestan: Dzhakaev Held in Detention Facility in Khasavyurt

The Human Rights Centre “Memorial” reported previously that on March 1, 2012, a resident of the Khasavyurt region of the Republic of Dagestan, Patimat Abdurakhmanovna Dzhakaeva, applied to us with a written statement.  She wrote that on March 1, more than 20 armed men, in both camouflage and plain clothes, came to their home in military vehicles.  After searching the kitchen, they announced that they had discovered a pistol there, and took away Patimat's son, Abdurakhman.  His relatives went to the Khasavtyurt regional police department, accompanied by the lawyer Sapiyat Magomedova, who was entrusted with protecting the rights of Abdurakhman.  However, she was not permitted to see her client. (http://www.memo.ru/eng/news/2012/03/13/1303124.html)

That same day, “Memorial” sent a fax to the Prosecutor of the Republic of Dagestan, informing him that, in violation of Russian legislation, the lawyer Magomedova was not allowed to see her client at the Khasavtyurt regional police department.  We also informed the office of the Ombudsman of the Russian Federation of these events.  An employee at that office, G.S. Bondarev, telephoned the First Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic of Dagestan, M.D. Dibirov. Dibirov assured Bondarev that the lawyer Magomedova had been granted access to A. Dzhakaev in the Khasavtyurt regional police department.  However, the information given by the First Deputy Prosecutor did not correspond to the facts.  On March 1, Magomedova was in fact unable to meet with her client.  She wrote this in a telegram which she sent to the Prosecutor of the Republic of Dagestan.

On March 2, around midday, Sapiyat Magomedova was telephoned by the Khasavtyurt regional police department and invited to meet with Dzhakaev.  He was being temporarily  detained in the city of Khasavyurt.  In that meeting, Dzhakaev said that whilst at the Khasavyurt regional police department, he had been beaten by the chief criminal investigator, “Marat”, and his colleagues “Mama” and “Marat”.  They beat him on his legs, face, kidneys and groin, they beat his head against the wall, and threatened to transfer him to a military base at Khankala in the Republic of Chechnya.  In addition, Dzhakaev claims that they took him to an unknown location where he was beaten by armed men who spoke Russian without an accent. He was tortured, strangled, and ordered to sign confessions stating that the pistol uncovered in his home belonged to him.

Via his lawyer, Dzhakaev submitted an application to the Khasavyurt inter-regional department of the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, calling for the prosecution of those employees of the Khasavyurt regional police department who beat him.

On March 3, a case was opened in connection with Dzhakaev under Part 1, Article 222 (the illegal acquisition, transfer, sale, storage, transportation or carrying of firearms, munitions, explosives or explosive devises) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

The lawyer Sapiat Magomedova submitted a complaint to the Prosecutor of the Russian Federation in relation to those members of the Khasavyurt regional police department who did not permit her to see her client for over 24 hours.

Meanwhile, on March 2 the Human Rights Centre “Memorial” received a fax from the Prosecutor of the Republic of Dagestan, responding to our earlier communication. The First Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic of Dagestan, M.D. Dibirov, informed us that a search had been conducted in the home of the Dzhakaevs because Abdurakhman was suspected of a robbery which took place on January 6, 2012 in the village of Bairamaul in the Khasavyurt region. The investigators had reason to believe that “the weapons used in that crime may be located in his home”. According to the reply from the Prosecutor's office, during the course of the search, a TT pistol, as well as Dzhakaev's mobile telephone were found and confiscated.  Photographs on the telephone showed Dzhakaev with the firearm.

In his reply, Dibirov also informed us that the lawyer S. Magomedova had not provided a legal warrant, which was why she was not permitted to take part in the interrogation of her client.  Dibirov claims that no other investigative procedures involving Dzhakaev took place.

On March 4, Dzhakaev telephoned his lawyer, Magomedova, and asked her come to see him at the Khasavtyurt regional police department.  She went to the department but they would not let her in, due to the absence of an investigator.  The investigator, who arrived several hours later, was unable to explain to the lawyer why her client was being held at the regional police department and not at a temporary detention facility.  In a conversation with his lawyer, Dzhakaev claimed that the policeman Marat Imavov and his colleagues had submitted him to psychological pressure. They had demanded Dzhakaev retracting his complaint against members of the police force, and they had threatened to open a criminal case against him under article 208 of the Criminal Code (the organisation of an illegal armed group or participation in one) if he refused.

Dzhakaev is now being held in a detention facility in the city of Khasavyurt.  He is charged under Article 222 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

March 15, 2012

Reply all
Reply to author
Forward
0 new messages