Oyub Titiev (left) with his advocates in the courtroom. Photo by Patimat Makhmudova for the Caucasian Knot

12 February 2019, 01:44

Court dealing with Titiev's case continues rejecting defence's motions

The female judge, who is considering the case of Oyub Titiev, has refused to satisfy the defence's demand of self-disqualification. Oyub's advocates demanded to request details of Titiev's mobile phone connections on the day of his detention from mobile operators.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that Oyub Titiev's has been considered by the Shali City Court since July 19, 2018. The court is supporting the prosecution's arguments and refuses to satisfy any defence's motions, disregarding the fact that they point to gross falsifications, Oyub Titiev's advocates told the "Caucasian Knot" after the court session on February 8. At the court session on February 11, the court again rejected a number of defence's motions, and Titiev's advocates demanded to disqualify the judge.

After the judge has rejected the demand, Pyotr Zaikin, one of the advocates, lodged another petition, asking to exclude the examination of wash-offs from Titiev's hands and the cuts of his nails from the proofs, the Human Rights Centre (HRC) "Memorial" wrote in its Telegram channel.

Marina Dubrovina, another advocate, has supported the petition: the employee, who took samples, was without gloves, although this procedure should be carried out strictly with gloves; and the expert interrogated at the trial stated that there were a lot of methodological violations during the examination. The prosecutors opposed the petition and asked the court to deny it; and the court obeyed and rejected the petition.

Then, Ms Dubrovina put forward a petition demanding to request details of Oyub Titiev's cell phone connections from mobile operators. On the day of detention, he had three mobile phones with him; and after his disappearance, his colleagues repeatedly called him. The data from operators could help to establish, "from what moment Oyub was really deprived of his freedom, and how he moved on January 9," the HRC "Memorial" reports.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on February 11, 2019 at 07:52 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Patimat Makhmudova; Source: CK correspondent

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