ICR resumes investigation into tortures of Ingush boxer who told about planted gun

ICR resumes investigation into tortures of Ingush boxer who told about planted gun
Albert Khamkhoev (right)

The investigation into the case of Albert Khamkhoev has been suspended six times, since the only suspect – an operative of the Center ‘E’, Andrey Ovada – could not have participated in it.

The ICR Directorate in Ingushetia has resumed the investigation into the criminal case of tortures of boxer Albert Khamkhoev, who is convicted in the case of Illegal Storage of Firearms, Interfax reports referring to a Komitet Protiv Pytok lawyer, Magomed Alamov. 

The investigation into the criminal case of Exceeding Official Powers with the Use of Violence (item ‘a’ part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code) has been suspended six times. Every time, the reason was the impossibility of participation of the only suspect – an operative of the Center ‘E’, Andrey Ovada – in the case.

In the latest order to suspend the investigation issued on February 27, Investigator Isa Malsagov noted that the Center ‘E’ could not ensure the attendance of the operative, because he was on vacation. Khamkhoev’s lawyers appealed this decision in the Magassky district court of Ingushetia. During the consideration of the complaint, it became known that the decision of Malsagov to suspend the case was canceled by his supervisor as illegal on April 16. 

Albert Khamkhoev was accused of Illegal Storage of Firearms (part 1 of Art. 222). The athlete claimed that during the search, the security forces had planted a pistol and ammunition on him. After that, he was tortured in the Center ‘E’ building and the Federal Security Service Directorate in Ingushetia. 

In court, an operative of the Center ‘E’, Timur Albakov, made a statement in the case of Khamkhoev, indirectly confirming the athlete's words about the planted gun. According to the operative, on the day the boxer was detained, Acting Head of the Center ‘E’ Ibragim Eldzharkiev summoned him and said that Albakov “must do the work and plant the gun.” Albakov refused to do it. He was later dismissed. Khamkhoev has not pleaded guilty. The Nazran district court sentenced him to 1.5 years’ suspended prison sentence.

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