EURASIA LIFT

Human Rights Issues in Eurasia / Правовые Вопросы В Регионах Евразии

Russia: Criminal Prosecution Against Lawyer Sapiyat Magomedova

Posted by Info on 04/08/2011

Sapiyat Magomedova was beaten on June 17, 2010, when she came to the City Interior Division to meet with her client Malika Evtemirova.
Later a criminal case was initiated against the police officers of the Khasavyurt GOVD under article on excess of police power.

However second day, a criminal case against Sapiyat Magomedova herself was initiated under article on “insulting a power representative”. She is being charged of violence against power officials and insulting police officers on duty. In case she is found guilty, Sapiyat Magomedova would face a threat of up to five years of imprisonment and deprivation of the lawyer’s status.

“How can the lawyers seek justice for their clients, when they themselves are being attacked and prosecuted on their professional duties?” says Tatiana Lokshina, Senior Researcher of the HRW for Russia, and continues: Flagrant charges against Magomedova represent a clear example of harassment against lawyers in Dagestan.

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