'Action of repentance' for people who reported tortures in Chechnya police
Chechen human rights activists insist that the residents themselves wanted to repent. The regional HRC office conceived the campaign to help them "rehabilitate in the public eye."
Friday, August 18, a public 'repentance' of people who had written a letter to Prosecutor General Yury Chaika about tortures in the Chechen police, was held in Grozny.
As previously reported by the CrimeRussia, the residents of Krasnaya Turbina settlement, whose relatives – Magomed Taramov and Dzhamalay Tazbiev – had been tried for their intention to leave for war in Syria, sent Yury Chaika a letter. According to their statement, law enforcers used torture to force Taramov and Tazbiev to perjure themselves and their acquaintances. Novaya Gazeta reported that as soon as the police became aware of the letter to the prosecutor general, the authors of the appeal were also taken to the MIA department, where they were beaten. The persons suspected of participating in an illegal armed formation were forced to refuse the services of a lawyer and admit their guilt. To note, hearings in the case against Taramov and Tazbiev are currently being held in the Staropromyslovsky Court of Grozny. The main proof of the defendants' guilt is their sincere acknowledgement.
According to Novaya Gazeta, the residents of Chechnya, who had signed the letter to Chaika, were first gathered together in the district police department, then put on a bus and brought to the scene of the action. The event was held in Grozny near the Akhmat-Hadzhi Kadyrov Museum, at the beginning of Putin's Avenue. The relatives of Taramov and Tazbiev were forced to chant "We've been misled."
In turn, member of the Human Rights Council under the head of Chechnya Kheda Saratova called the reports of people being pressured a "total lie." According to her, residents of Krasnaya Turbina themselves decided to repent for writing a letter to the Russian Prosecutor General. Saratova told RIA Novosti that the signatories of the appeal had allegedly not even read it and did not know what the document was about.
"After learning this, they decided to turn to human rights defenders, so we helped them to rehabilitate in the public eye and not be punished for signing the provocative letter," Kheda Saratova commented.
Moreover, the Chechen human rights defender insisted that the defendants Taramov and Tazbiev had not been tortured nor forced to refuse the lawyers' service, and their relatives had not been beaten.