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RUSSIA

17 June  2010

Assault of human rights lawyer  

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Sapiyat Magomedova

 

severely beaten by police when she came to meet her client Malika Evtomirova, who had been detained earlier.

 

 She cannot even move by herself and practically cannot speak and eat normally.

 

 

 

Source : Caucasian Knot

 

 

 

On June 17, Sapiyat Magomedova, 31, a Dagestani lawyer, was beaten up by police in Khasavyurt in the northern part of the republic.

Sapiyat Magomedova is a member of the Khasavyurt Bar "A. S. Omarov and Partners", known for position of principle of its members in defence of citizens' legitimate rights and interests. She has sent four applications to the European Court of Human Rights about violations of her clients' rights by detectives from the Khasavyurt prosecutor’s office.Omarov and Partners frequently takes on cases relating to abductions, torture and extrajudicial executions in Dagestan. As a lawyer who has often defended citizens against the authorities, Magomedova had herself been threatened repeatedly even prior to the latest incident .

She was trying to secure permission from an investigator to visit her client, who had been arrested that same day, and the investigator reportedly ordered the policemen “to throw [the lawyer] out” of the police building. Sapiyat Magomedova suffered a number of serious injuries and was taken to the hospital, but the doctors refused to provide the results of the official medical examination, which could be used as evidence against the police.

As reported by Sapiyat's colleague Adilgerei Omarov, chairman of the Bar "Omarov and Partners", Police pressure on Sapiyat Magomedova might be explained by the circumstances surrounding her client, Malika Evtemirova, who had been detained by militiamen at the post located at entrance to Khasavyurt. When learning about detention, on June 17 she came to the GOVD to meet her client Malika Evtomirova, who had been detained earlier on that very day.

At about 4:00 p.m., after having presented her ID, the lawyer passed into the GOVD building through the check post and went upstairs to inspector Zakir Stambulov to ask for access to Evtomirova.

According to Omarov, Magomedova has a warrant: earlier she had already worked with her client. In spite of it, the inspector rejected her access to the client, called a militia group and ordered them: "Throw her out of here."

After that, as Magomedova's colleague reported, four OMON (Special Militia) fighters of the GOVD of Khasavyurt began violently beating her with fists and feet. Militia boss Shamil Temigereev ran out to the noise and ordered "to throw her out". The lawyer was dragged, in the state of unconsciousness, to the check post and left there. Sapiyat had her gold chain lost, her mobile phone broken.

She was brought by an ambulance to the Khasavyurt city hospital, where she was without consciousness till evening; however, the forensic medical expert refused to examine her.

Employees of the Khasavyurt GOVD and forensic medical experts were inaccessible for comments.

The health condition of lawyer Sapiyat Magomedova  remains grave. Her relatives, who feared that she would lack qualified medical help while in Khasavyurt, insisted on her transfer to the Republic's Clinical Hospital in Makhachkala.

According to the relatives Sapiyat cannot even move by herself. She is in consciousness, but practically cannot speak and eat normally.

In november 2009, lawyer Sapiyat Magomedova, was accused by  an inspector for especially important cases of the Investigatory Committee at the Prosecutor's Office of Dagestan, of insulting him with swear words and tired in the court precinct No. 106 of Khasavyurt.

IDHAE requests from the authorities in the Russian Federation :

·        an immediate, thorough, and impartial investigation into the assault of Sapiyat Magomedova, with a view to identifying those responsible and bringing them to justice in accordance with international standards;

·        effective and immédiate measures to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Sapityat Magomedova;

 

 

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