25 September 2013, 02:07

"Committee against Torture": ECtHR accepts complaint in case of kidnapping of Zarema Gaisanova in Chechnya

The European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) has pronounced the decision to accept the complaint about the case of kidnapping of Zarema Gaisanova during the special operation. This was reported by the interregional public organization "Committee against Torture".

Let us remind you that on October 31, 2009, in the Lenin District of Grozny, several armed persons kidnapped Zarema Gaisanova, a 40-year-old local woman. On March 2, 2010, Ramzan Kadyrov met Igor Kalyapin, Chairman of the "Committee against Torture", and acknowledged that he led the special operation. There is a reason to believe that law enforcers were involved in the kidnapping of Zarema Gaisanova. This was stated by the Chairman of the "Committee against Torture".

Lida Gaisanova, the mother of the kidnapped woman, filed a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). The Lida Gaisanova's interests at the ECtHR are represented by lawyers from the Human Rights Centre "Memorial" and the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.

The complaint has noted that, despite the mother of the kidnapped woman filed a complaint to the district police department in due time, an officer on duty failed to take any adequate steps to respond to the complaint: no operative group was sent to examine the place of the crime and no plan for "pursuit" was organized.

As a result of numerous violations, for several years, no efficient investigation into the case of the kidnapping of Zarema Gaisanova was actually carried out. The human rights defenders believe that at present, it is hardly possible to carry out an effective investigation into the case.

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