The Supreme Court of Dagestan. Photo by Rasul Magomedov for the Caucasian Knot

06 December 2019, 11:35

Bagautdinov's mother outraged with refusal to rehabilitate her son

While refusing to rehabilitate Vali Bagautdinov, who was killed in the attack on a policeman, the Supreme Court (SC) of Dagestan has failed to take into account the testimony of a witness, who had stated that he was forced to slander the defendant. The SC has also neglected other arguments of the defence, Gulnara Bagautdinova, Vali's mother, has stated.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on November 1, 2014, law enforcers reported that in a shootout that broke out in the Makhachkala-Verkhniy Gunib highway, a car driver was shot dead. According to their version, in response to a demand to stop, the driver opened fire on policemen. The mother of the casualty, Vali Bagautdinov, claims that law enforcers had beaten up her son to death, and then staged a shootout.

At the December 4 SC's session, the defence demanded to acquit Bagautdinov posthumously, but on December 5, the SC refused to do it, claiming that the defence's allegations that the shootout had been staged were not confirmed.

The mother disagreed with the SC's decision, claiming that it was based only on the prosecution's arguments.

"At the trial, we interrogated the witness Salamov, who said that he had been tortured ... demanding from him to testify against my son," Ms Bagautdinova told the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent.

According to her assumption, her son was detained in Makhachkala in the afternoon and tortured.

Vali Bagautdinov had not only gunshot wounds, but also other traumas, the mother insists: "His nose, fingers and leg were broken."

She has explained that rights defenders managed to get a printout of phone calls and billing of all the four PPS (patrol-and-post service) inspectors, who, according to investigators, found a car with Vali Bagautdinov in the Buinaksk District. "According to the printout, they were not together, but were in different places. Moreover, at the time of the shooting, they were talking on their phones," said the mother.

Gulnara Bagautdinova has stated that she intends to appeal against the decision of the Dagestan SC.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on December 6, 2019 at 06:15 am MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

Author: Rasul Magomedov; Source: CK correspondent

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