Policeman takes part in shooting with militants in the centre of Grozny, December 17, 2016. Screenshot of video taken by eyewitness, YouTube

17 August 2017, 15:05

"Novaya Gazeta": Chechens demand from Yuri Chaika to investigate torture complaints

More than 150 residents of Chechnya have signed an appeal to Russian General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika with the demand to institute criminal proceedings against law enforcers who tortured Magomed Taramov and Jamalai Tazbiev, detained shortly after an attack on Grozny in December 2016. This has been reported today by the "Novaya Gazeta".

On December 17, 2016, attacks on policemen were committed in Grozny, and after that in the course of a special operation, according to the law enforcement agencies, seven suspected militants were killed and four others were detained. Later, local residents reported that relatives of the murdered and detained attackers had been massively detained. Some of them were executed at night on January 26, 2017, the "Novaya Gazeta" reported on July 9.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that during the trial in the case on preparation to join an illegal armed formation (IAF), defendants Magomed Taramov, born in 1996, and Jamalai Tazbiev, born in 1998, detained shortly after the attack on Grozny, pleaded not guilty and complained of torture.

"Yesterday, on August 16, villagers and their relatives sent a collective appeal addressed to General Prosecutor Yuri Chaika," the "Novaya Gazeta" reports today in the article "Do not threat to the Red Turbine".

According to the "Novaya Gazeta", the appeal has been signed by more than 150 people, and that is an "unprecedented act" for "modern Chechnya."

"At the trial, the guys stated that after the detention, they were tortured to confess to what they had not done and also to defame anyone else of their acquaintances. <...> At the trial, the guys mentioned the names of the people who tortured them. <...> We demand to institute criminal proceedings against the persons who illegally detained and tortured the guys, as well as to bring to criminal liability the persons who falsified materials and evidence in the criminal case," wrote the residents of Chechnya in their appeal as quoted by the newspaper "Novaya Gazeta".

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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