Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Ingush Supreme Court Releases Policeman Who Shot Detained Publisher

Posted by Info on 05/03/2010

Magomed Yevloyev was shot in the temple in an interior ministry vehicle shortly after being illegally detained on his arrival at Magas airport on 31 August 2008.

Reporters Without Borders is deeply shocked by the Ingush supreme court’s decision to release the policeman who fatally shot Magomed Yevloyev, the owner of the news website.
“The two-year jail sentence on a ‘negligent homicide’ charge was already deeply unsatisfactory. Still the court was able to commute his two-year jail sentence to two years of “supervised residence,” which means he will be able to resume working as policeman.

Reporters Without Borders said. “His release is a total provocation and shows the Ingush judicial system’s complete lack of independence.”
Magomed Yevloyev’s father, Yakhya Yevloyev, has said: I have never seen such a denial of justice as this. I think we are going to appeal to the Russian federal supreme court even if we do not expect a fair decision.”

The sentence of “supervised residence” has only just been introduced into the Russian criminal code and it is not yet known how the Ingush authorities will implement it.

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