Investigative Committee refuses to probe into Titiev case on HRC request

Investigative Committee refuses to probe into Titiev case on HRC request
Oyub Titiev Photo: Novaya Gazeta

The investigators did not see any reasons for the check.

The Investigative Committee of Russia has declined the request of the Council for Civil Society Development to review the criminal case against Oyub Titiev, the leader of the Chechen office of Memorial Human Rights Center, the Court of Human Rights reported on its website.

Deputy Chairman of the ICR Boris Karnaukhov stated in an official letter that the Committee did not see any grounds for pre-investigation checks. The investigation department of the Chechen Republic claimed they had no information about the alleged unlawful actions of police officers against Titiev.

Karnaukhov also said that the Investigative Committee did not have the authority to monitor the internal affairs bodies, which can only be done by the prosecutor's office.

Earlier it was reported that the Chechen court put Oyub Titiev in detention facility for two months. The human rights activist was detained on January 9 in Kurchaloevsky district of the republic. A bag with 180 grams of marijuana had been found in his car. Titiev said at the trial that the officers had planted the drug.

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