Suspect in Dagestan journalist case said he testified under torture

Suspect in Dagestan journalist case said he testified under torture
Kemal Tambiev in the Soviet District Court of Makhachkala Photo: Mediazona

Gadzhiev was detained on June 14. A criminal case was initiated against him about participation in a terrorist organization (part 2 of article 205.5 of the Criminal Code) and promotion of terrorism (part 4 of article 205.1 of the Criminal Code).

Entrepreneur Kemal Tambiev has admitted to testifying in the case of financing terrorism against Chernovik journalist Abdulmumin Gadzhiev because of torture. This was first reported to the court by Gadzhiev himself, then Tambiyev's lawyer Ebzeev confirmed his words.

The Soviet District Court of Makhachkala extended the detention of both persons involved in the case for 48 hours, despite the request of the investigator for arrest. “The defense did not have time to collect the characterizing material in order to reasonably respond to the investigator’s petition to arrest [Gadzhiev],” Chernovik writes. 

The investigation insisted that the testimony of other detainees confirmed the guilt of the journalist. According to Chernovik, it is on the testimony of Tambiyev that the prosecution of Gadzhiev is based.

“I have one bank card and I have not transferred money to any funds. Therefore, the investigation had to find witnesses, who I do not even know. During the break, I was in a cell with two more detainees. I asked who of them was Tambiyev. The exhausted and beaten man responded to the last name. Tambiev apologized to me and confessed that he was tortured,” said Gadzhiev in court.

During the election of a preventive measure for Tambiyev, lawyer Ebzeev said that “from the moment of his detention, [Tambiyev] was pressured, tortured”. “He personally writes that he gave testimony under pressure. And it reflects what happened,” said Ebzeev.

Gadzhiev was detained on June 14. A criminal case was initiated against him about participation in a terrorist organization (part 2 of article 205.5 of the Criminal Code) and promotion of terrorism (part 4 of article 205.1 of the Criminal Code). The editors of Chernovik call these suspicions absurd.

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