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ECHR Ordered Georgia To Pay 50 000 Euro To Parents Of Kidnapped and Killed

Posted by Info on 29/04/2011

The Strasbourg court ordered the Georgian government to pay € 50,000 ($74,000) to the parents of the victim. Sandro Girgvliani, 28, was kidnapped and beaten to death by interior ministry officers in January 2006, after he became involved in an argument with a group of high-ranking ministry officials in a Tbilisi café.

The court found that the investigation into the death of Sandro Girgvliani lacked “independence, impartiality, objectivity and thoroughness”.

The court criticized the Georgian government for showing unreasonable lenience toward the four perpetrators. It expressed particular concern over attempts by the Ministry of the Interior, the Prosecutor’s Office, the domestic courts and the President of Georgia to prevent justice from being done in the Girgvliani case.

In July 2006, the Tbilisi City Court found four interior ministry officials guilty of killing Girgvliani. The men were sentenced to between seven and eight years in prison. All four were pardoned and released after serving just over three years of their sentences.
After details of Sandro Girgvliani’s murder were exposed by a Georgian TV station, the case became a major political issue, with many both in Georgia and abroad calling for a full and transparent investigation. The conduct of the investigation and trial, however, led many to suspect a far-reaching cover-up designed to protect high ranking interior ministry officials. The suspicions contributed to the 2007 opposition protests in Tbilisi, resulting in a police crackdown that left hundreds injured.

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Russia/Dagestan: Antiterror Operation Regime Being Introduced Non Stop – Elimination continues

Posted by Info on 29/04/2011

The Republic of Dagestan is a federal subject of Russia, in the North Caucasus, with a population of 3 million (2010). The capital is Makhachkala.
Dagestan has great ethnic diversity, with several dozen ethnic groups and subgroups, most of which speak either Caucasian, Turkic, or Iranian languages. Largest among these ethnic groups are the Avar, Dargin, Kumyk, Lezgin, and Laks. While Russians are only some 4.7 percent of the population, Russian remains the primary official language.

Dagestan has been a scene of low-level Islamic insurgency, occasional outbreaks of separatism, ethnic tensions and terrorism since the 1990s.Much of the tension is rooted in an internal Islamic conflict between traditional Sufi groups advocating secular government and more recently introduced Salafist teachings preaching the implementation of sharia law in Dagestan.

“at 07:15 MSK this morning, the counter-terrorism operation regime was introducedin Makhachkala in the district where the residents of nearby houses were evacuated, as there was a gunfight in ten-storey house in the Peter the Great Avenue.
Next counter-terrorism operation regime was also introduced on Wednesday evening near the Kvanada village in the Tsumadinsky district – there was a shootout with gunmen in which two law enforcement officers in Dagestan were killed and three were injured, the republic’s Interior Ministry reported.

Five police officers got concussion in Dagestan on the night to Thursday as an explosive device went off during an attempt to render it harmless in the village of Sultanyangiyurt in the Kizilyurt district.
There was an explosion in Makhachkala on Wednesday evening at the Ilkhan shopping centre.

Meanwhile, two militants were killed during the counter-terrorist operation launched in Dagestan, NAC spokesman Nikolai Sintsov: “The bandits’ identities are being verified. According to the operational headquarters in the Republic of Dagestan, the destroyed militants were involved (?) in terrorism-related crimes, attempts on and murders of civilians and law enforcement officers.”

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Russia: Ultranationalists Guilty Of Murdering lawyer Markelov, journalist Baburova

Posted by Info on 29/04/2011

Two Russian far-right activists were convicted for the 2009 murders of human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova.
Markelov, a friend of the assassinated journalist Anna Politkovskaya, and Baburova, who worked for the liberal newspaper Novaya Gazeta, were gunned down in January 2009 in central Moscow.

Nikita Tikhonov and Yevgeniya Khasis, both linked to a banned ultranationalist group called Russky Obraz, were convicted of the murders. The Moscow City Court said it would hand down their sentences on May 5.
The pair, who married in custody, was also convicted of forming an illegal group and arms possession.
Alexander Vasilyev, Tikhonov’s lawyer said: “This is an inadmissible and illegal verdict, we will appeal it.”
Tikhonov tried to slit his wrists on Tuesday, and Khasis made a similar attempt on her life on Wednesday.

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