09 December 2009, 22:20

Kadyrov interrogated in Chechnya on his lawsuit against Orlov

On December 8, under the order received from Moscow President of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov was interrogated in Grozny under the slander criminal case initiated against  Oleg Orlov, head of the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial".

Earlier, the "Caucasian Knot" reported that Kadyrov's interrogation would take place in Moscow.

As reported by Andrei Krasnenkov, Kadyrov's advocate, the interrogation in Grozny, conducted by an inspector from Chechnya, lasted for about 4 hours.

On December 8, the materials of the interrogation were sent to Moscow. The lawyer gave no details referring to his signing for nondisclosure, as the "Gazeta.Ru" reports.

The lawyer of the Chechen President also does not exclude initiation of a criminal case against Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the "Civil Assistance" Committee for slanderous statements about the President of Chechnya," the "Echo Moskvy" Radio reports.

Mr Krasnenkov has noted that Ms Gannushkina had allegedly stated that "during the years of his presidency, Ramzan Kadyrov has rooted in the atmosphere of fear, violence and lawlessness in his republic." Ramzan Kadyrov's legal representative believes that for such statements the human rights defender can be made responsible for accusing the Chechen President "of banditism and organization of murders and criminal communities."

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