Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

ECHR Asks Russia To Verify Location Of Kidnapped Resident Of Chechnya

Posted by Info on 03/08/2011

The European Court of Human Rights for the first time in its practice concerning Northern Caucasus demanded from the Russian Federation to take urgent and concrete measures to secure safety of Tamerlan Suleimanov kidnapped in Grozny this May.

The kidnapping took place on May, 9 in Grozny and was reported by eye-witnesses. In the afternoon a group of armed people wearing black military uniforms drove up to “Mustang” auto repair station, beat one of its workers up to the loss of consciousness, threw him into their car and left. It was found out later that on May, 7, Tamerlan Suleimanov was also captured by personnel of unidentified power ministries who tortured him making him confess to preparation of an act of terror. However, the kidnapped man was released then.

On May, 24, “Memorial” Human Rights Center submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the kidnapped man’s father and a request of application of Rule 39 of the Regulations of the Court according to which the Court can oblige the respondent state to take urgent and concrete measures.

On July, 26, taking into consideration an additional information HRC “Memorial” submitted one more request of application of Rule 39.
The European Court requested for a comment from the Government of the Russian Federation on the probability of Suleimanov’s being in the “base” in the settlement of Yalkhoy-Mohk…
The Court also pointed out the necessity of taking measures to establish whether Suleimanov was kept in that place.


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