Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Strasbourg Court fines Russia in Chechen killings in 2000

Posted by Info on 25/11/2010

The European Court of Human Rights has fined Russia 240,000 euros (about $319,000) for the shooting of four residents of the volatile North Caucasus republic of Chechnya in 2000.

Adam, Turpal and Aslambek Israilov, as well as Aslanbek Dzhabrailov were allegedly shot by Russian servicemen in February 2000.
An investigation was opened only five months after the incident and then closed shortly afterwards since the murderers had not been revealed. The case was repeatedly opened and closed, but the culprits remained unknown.

The court said the Russian government had failed to provide it with requested investigative documents or explain the incident otherwise. The Strasbourg Court believes Russia violated a range of articles in the Convention on Human Rights, including the right to life and the right for an effective remedy.
The court ordered the Russian government to pay the relatives of the deceased 240,000 euros (about $319,000) in moral damage and 2,200 euros (about $3,000) for court expenses.

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