European Committee for Prevention of Torture finds no evidence of torture and executions in Chechnya
The delegation visited the Republic and several local branches of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.
The European Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) has not found any facts corroborating the media's information about extrajudicial executions in Chechnya. Such a conclusion was made by members of the delegation from the committee, who visited the Republic, Ombudswoman Tatyana Moskalkova said.
According to her, she met with the deputy chairman of the European Committee, who told her about the visit to Chechnya. Members of the delegation visited the police depts in the region, which were mentioned by the media in publications on torture. However, it was not found that police officers held someone by force or tortured, Moskalkova summed up.
Recall Novaya Gazeta reported on tortures in police stations, as well as extrajudicial executions in Chechnya in July. One of the publications of the edition described the execution that took place on January 26, 2017 - then 27 people were detained as part of special operations after the attack on policemen in Grozny, sources said. Back in December, Memorial reported the murder of three of the four detainees on suspicion of involvement in the attack, but the authorities denied this.
Nevertheless, in September the Investigative Committee confirmed the death of one of the detainees - Ismail Bergaev, who was detained on suspicion of attacking the policemen. According to the ICR, the man died from wounds received in a shootout with the police. At the same time, according to the information of the Kavkazsky Uzel, Bergaev was killed in a hospital where he was hospitalized after his arrest - two officers came to him and two other detainees and killed them in December 2016.
Moskalkova became interested in this information. However, during her visit to Chechnya, she also failed to find evidence of torture and executions. According to her, she even managed to see people whom the media called executed. However, human rights activists of Memorial after the departure of Moskalkova from the Republic found out that she actually met their brothers.
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