The human rights centre “memorial” recognized as a Chechen journalist of the “Caucasian knot” , Gelaude Gerievasentenced in early September to three years in prison on charges of illegal possession of drugs, a political prisoner. Human rights activists demanded his immediate release and launched a campaign to collect signatures for a petition for an impartial trial of Garaevym, reported on the official website of the organization.

According to the prosecution, the journalist was collected and kept wild-growing hemp, and on the morning of 16 April he was detained with a large bag of marijuana in a cemetery Chechen village, where he allegedly was going to use it. However, on the morning of the day of Guriev took an online registration and heading for a flight from Grozny to Moscow. Eyewitnesses said that armed men forcibly dragged him from the bus, was hit on the head and pushed him into the car, say the defenders.

In the “Memorial” with reference to the words Gerieva noted that the journalist was brought into the woods, tied his hands with wire, beaten, blocked breathing, threatening to shoot. Gerieva was accused of working against the authorities of Chechnya, asking questions about his journalistic activities and was forced to confess to possession of marijuana. In court, he these confessions refused.

“Evidence against the journalist is given only the security forces themselves as well as their “regular witnesses”, one of which was tried twice and convicted on the third criminal case that says it depends on law enforcement. At the same time, the court called witnesses the kidnapping of a reporter inaccurate without proper study and investigation”, – emphasize in the “Memorial”.

As reported earlier, the “Caucasian knot” lawyer Gurieva, Alaudi Musayev, first during the investigation, his client confessed. Later, he refused them, saying that he confess to a crime he didn’t commit under pressure.

According to counsel, in the case Gerieva there are numerous violations of the criminal procedural rules – we are talking about significant gaps and shortcomings in the preparation of documents. In particular, the minutes of scene examination and inspection Gerieva was made not according to the law, pointed out defender.

“Memorial” has recognized Chechen journalist of the “Caucasian knot” political prisoners 17.10.2016

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