MMA Champion Murad Amriev told how he was treated in Chechnya

MMA Champion Murad Amriev told how he was treated in Chechnya
Murad Amriev and his lawyer Pyotr Zaikin

The sportsman got in touch with his family after he was extradited from Belarus to Russia.

World champion in mixed martial arts (MMA) Murad Amriev got in touch with his relatives and journalists after he was taken to Chechnya.

"I ended up in Russia, as the Chechen agents brought me here, up to the Staropromyslovsky department, from Belarus. I'm just fine, no one has done anything to me," RBC citing Amriev.

The athlete would not get into too much details, noting that he had little time and the law enforcers were waiting for him to testify on accusations of using a forged passport. He also noted that after the interrogation, his relatives and a member of the Human Rights Council of the Chechen Republic, Kheda Saratova, would pick him up.

Saratova, in turn, told RBC that she intended to hold a press conference for journalists at 10:00 on Saturday. According to her, the sportsman himself would attend it.

Earlier, the elder brother of the world champion in mixed martial arts (MMA) Zurab Amriev had appealed to the police of Chechnya. He had suggested that the law enforcers should meet in neutral territory and discuss the situation.

Let us recall that Murad Amriev, accused under article Use of Knowingly False Document (part 3 of Art. 307 of the Russian Criminal Code), was detained by policemen in Belarus the other day. On the night of June 9, according to his lawyer Pyotr Zaikin, the athlete was extradited to the Bryansk region of the Russian Federation. A few hours later, Amriev was taken to Chechnya.

Zaikin insists that the statute of limitations for the article imputed to his client has long since expired. Thus, Amriev was put on the wanted list in 2013, and was removed from it a year later; he was once again declared wanted earlier this year, therefore, as the defender explained, it is simply no longer possible to bring the man to criminal responsibility. According to him, from a procedural point of view, the chances of Amriev's release are very good.

Let us recall that the grounds for Amriev being actively sought was an error in his passport; 1986 was indicated as his year of birth instead of 1985. At the same time, it were the officials to blame for the typo in the birth certificate, issued to Murad Amriev in 2002 to replace the lost certificate. Formally, he had nothing to do with this 'crime.'

Nevertheless, the lawyer fears that a new charge may be brought against his client.

Earlier, the champion's parents had applied to the head of the Human Rights Council and the Russian ombudsman. They asked Mikhail Fedotov and Tatyana Moskalkova to understand their son's case and ensure the observance of the law. "Let him be punished according to the law of the Russian Federation, rather than at the whim of the Chechen policemen," their message says.



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