Case initiated against judge who released Chechen thief in law Aziz

Case initiated against judge who released Chechen thief in law Aziz
Batukaev (left) on the day of release from prison at Manas airport (Bishkek)

He is suspected of corruption and handing down an unjust sentence.

Kyrgyz Prosecutor General's Office has initiated a criminal case against former Judge of the Narynsky City Court, Zhapar Ermatov, who had released thief in law Aziz Batukaev. This is reported by the supervisory authority's press service. 

The proceedings are conducted under Knowingly Giving an Unjust Judgement, Decision, or any Other Juridical Act and Corruption.

It is known that on April 9, 2013, Ermatov considered the submission of the deputy head of SIZO-4 about the release of Batukaev from unserved punishment of more than 8 years.

To recall, by that time, Batukaev served less than half of his term. In 2006, he was sentenced to 16 years and 8 months in prison for illegal possession of weapons and drugs, organizing a riot in the colony, and complicity in the murder of a member of parliament.

As noted by the Prosecutor General's Office, the judge satisfied the unsubstantiated submission of the State Penitentiary Service without carefully examining the materials about the allegedly serious illness of Batukaev. 

On the same day, the thief was taken to the capital of Kyrgyzstan, Bishkek, from where he flew to Chechnya by private jet.

At the same time, as stated by former Chairman of the State Border Guard Service, Tokon Mamytov, the border guards did not let Batukaev pass for 30-40 minutes, but there was no reason to hold him, so they had to let him go. As Mamytov noted, the State Border Service staff even demanded him to show court decisions and other documents in violation of the instructions. He also added that he had not received any orders from the authorities about Batukaev’s release.

The investigation of the case of escape was unexpectedly resumed in April 2019. Its defendants were oncologists and laboratory assistant. Medical experts identified the fake facts of Batukaev’s cancer. In addition, former Adviser to the Chairman of the State Service for the Execution of Sentences, Kalybek Kachkynaliev, and former Deputy Prime Minister, Shamil Atakhanov, were arrested. Another defendant in the case is former Minister of Health, Dinara Saginbaeva. He has been recently transferred to house arrest.

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