Eight months after the apprehension of Zarema Musaeva, the Investigative Committee started a check based on applications from human rights defenders and lawyers


22 September 2022


Lawyers with the Crew Against Tortures submitted 21 motions, 24 complaints, 12 submissions, 3 requests and 3 applications on abuse of office by the law-enforcement officers. It goes about the violations, committed during the apprehension of Zarema Musaeva on 20 January, 2022.   

The Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the RF for the Nizhny Novgorod region finally made a decision to register the applications and start the check from September, 13. The case is handed over to the Investigative Department for the Sovetsky District of Nizhny Novgorod.   Previously, the Investigative Department forwarded all human rights defenders and lawyers’ applications to the Prosecutor’s Office of the Chechen Republic. A response arrived from there, according to which, forceful transportation of Zarema Musaeva to Chechnya from Nizhny Novgorod was legal. However, in May, the CAT lawyers received a ruling of the Investigative Department of Russia for the Chechen Republic to sever the materials of the check under item «a» part 3 Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the RF (abuse of office using violence or threatening with its use) from the Zarema Musaeva criminal case and to hand it over to the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of Russia for the Nizhny Novgorod region. 

«Now we expect that the investigators from Nizhny Novgorod will have to examine the video, assign medical forensic expert examinations, question the witnesses and police officers, as well as perform other checking activities under the motions that we submitted back in February, for which we received only notifications on their forwarding to the Chechen Republic», – the CAT lawyer comments.  

As we have previously reported, Zarema Musaeva, wife of ex-judge of the Supreme Court of Chechnya Saidi Yangulbaev, was forcefully detained by the police officers in her flat in Nizhny Novgorod and transported to Grozny as a witness.  Soon, her status changed to a defendant under Article 318 (violence against an authority representative) – allegedly, Zarema attacked a police officer. Then, in her fraud case, for the sake of which she was brought to the Chechen Republic against her will, her status also changed to a defendant.   

All this time Zarema is in the pre-trial detention center. The court refused to sentence her to home arrest, despite a grave illness that he has (Zarema has a diabetes of the 2nd type) and accompanying complications, it’s hard for her to walk and she needs special care). During the last court hearing on 7 September, her measure of restraint was extended to 12 December, i.e., Zarema Musaeva will spent at least three next months at the pre-trial detention facility. Previously, human rights project «Support of political prisoners. Memorial» declared Zarema Musaeva to be a political prisoner.

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