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Chechen Human Rights Lawyer Makhmut Magomadov Still Missing (Corrected Version)

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  • IHF, Joachim Frank
    Chechen Human Rights Lawyer Still Missing Vienna, 1 February 2004. Makhmut Magomadov after 20 January 2005 was reported missing. There has been no information
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      Chechen Human Rights Lawyer Still Missing

      Vienna, 1 February 2004. Makhmut Magomadov after 20 January 2005 was
      reported missing. There has been no information about his fate, despite
      recent inaccurate assertions by the law-enforcement about his release.

      The International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights has raised this issue
      again to the Prosecutor of the Chechen Republic, Vladimir Kravchenko, in the
      attached letter.

      For further information:
      International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
      In Vienna: Aaron Rhodes, IHF Executive Director, +43 – 1 – 408 88 22 or
      +43 - 676 – 635 66 12; Henriette Schroeder, IHF Press Officer, +43 – 676 –
      725 48 29, in Moscow: Tanya Lokshina, +7-916-624 1906
      Chechen Committee for National Salvation, Ruslan Badalov, Chair, +7-873-22
      24 00
      All-Russia Movement ‘For Human Rights’, Lev Ponomarev, Executive Director,
      +7-095-291 62 33

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      To: Vladimir Pavlovich Kravchenko, Prosecutor of the Republic of Chechnya,
      RF, Via facsimile + 7 (8712) 22 31 44 , + 7 (095) 777 92 26
      Copy: Vladimir Ustinov, Prosecutor General of the RF, Via facsimile +7(095)
      921-41-86
      Vladimir Lukin, Ombudsman of the RF, Via facsimile +7(095) 207-76-30
      Ella Pamfilova, Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the RF, Via
      facsimile +7 (095) 206-48-55

      Open Letter

      Vienna, 1 February 2005

      Dear Mr. Prosecutor,

      I am writing once again on behalf of the IHF (write out) concerning the fate
      of human rights lawyer Makhmut Magomadov.

      As you know, we have addressed you one this issue on 21 January 2005. I am
      attaching a copy of that letter.

      To date, no reliable information has been available about this case, despite
      the attention of the international community.

      Last week, a police official the family that Magomadov had been released.
      But this was immediately disclaimed by the prosecutor's office. His fate
      remains unknown.

      The longer this situation persists, the more likely it is that he is
      suffering torture or has in fact been murdered.

      We are appealing to you, to locate Magomadov and secure his release without
      further delay.

      We thank you for your attention.

      Sincerely,

      Aaron Rhodes (Executive Director)

      cc OSCE Delegations
      Council of Europe
      Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
      National Helsinki Committees

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      To: Vladimir Pavlovich Kravchenko
      Prosecutor of the Republic of Chechnya, RF; Via facsimile + 7 (8712) 22 31
      44 , + 7 (095) 777 92 26
      Copy: Vladimir Ustinov, Prosecutor General of the RF ; Via facsimile +7(095)
      921-41-86
      Vladimir Lukin, Ombudsman of the RF; Via facsimile +7(095) 207-76-30
      Ella Pamfilova, Chair of the Human Rights Commission of the RF; Via
      facsimile +7 (095) 206-48-55

      Open Letter

      Abduction of Human Rights Lawyer Makhmut Magomadov

      Vienna, 21 January 2005

      Dear Prosecutor,

      I am writing on behalf of the International Helsinki Federation for Human
      Rights (IHF) regarding the abduction of Makhmut Magomadov (born 1954) on 20
      January 2005 in Grozny, Staropromsylovsky district, conducted by a group of
      camouflaged armed men, who were allegedly members of the presidential
      security service of Chechnya.

      Details:

      On 20 January 2005, at around 18:30, well-known human rights lawyer, former
      deputy prosecutor, Makhmut Dzhaparovich Magomadov (born 1954, presently
      living in Grozny) was abducted by a group of men in the Staropromyslovsky
      Raion of Grozny. He and his family (wife and two children) were visiting a
      friend, when they were approached by a group of Chechen-speaking armed men
      in combat fatigues, who grabbed Magomadov, and drove away in the direction
      of the city center. His wife and other witnesses believe that the men
      belonged to the presidential security service, the so-called Kadyrovtsy,
      under the command of Chechen deputy prime-minister Ramzan Kadyrov. It seems
      Magomadov was taken to an unofficial detention center like the one in
      Tsenteroi.

      According to his wife, Albika Shabazova, they were on their way to see a
      friend, Abubakar Amirov, after they had fulfilled a ceremony of sacrifice –
      it was the Muslim feast Kurbam Bayram – when they noticed that a car was
      following them (a steel color VAZ-2110). They arrived at Amirov’s house, and
      Magomadov and his 4-year old daughter Iman went up to the second floor to
      bring him a share of the meat of the sacrificed animal. His wife Albika and
      their six-month old son Arbalo remained in the car.

      At this moment a few cars approached them. Among them was a steel-colour
      VAZ-2110 (number 863), a white VAZ-2107 (with number 008, region code 95), a
      white Gazel-31029 and a wine-red colour VAZ–21099. A group of unknown
      Chechen-speaking persons in combat fatigues but without masks, armed with
      automatic and other weapons jumped out of the cars. Albika was asked where
      the owner of the car was. She answered, that it is her husband’s car and
      that he had entered the house to give some meat to their friend. She asked
      repeatedly what was going on, to which she was told that they “had some
      scores to settle”. The armed group surrounded the house and within a few
      minutes took Magomadov out of the house and forcibly sat him in the
      Gazel-31029. His little daughter, who clinged to her father, the assailants
      simply threw to the ground. Albika, carrying their 6 months old son, tried
      to intervene, but was roughly pushed aside.

      The cars then drove away in the direction of the city centre. Magomadov’s
      wife and other eyewitnesses of the incident assume that the abduction was
      conducted by so-called “Kadyrovtsy” and that Magomadov was most likely taken
      to one of their illegal “prisons”.

      About Makhmut Magomadov

      Makhmut Magomadov (born 1954), is a well-known legal expert for the Chechen
      Committee of National Salvation, the Northern Caucasus affiliate of the
      All-Russia Movement For Human Rights headed by Lev Ponomaryov. Until
      December 2004, he worked as an expert for the International Helsinki
      Federation for Human Rights. Magomadov closely cooperates with the “Center
      for International Human Rights Defense” (headed by Karinna Moskalenko). He
      is involved in preparing cases to be brought to the European Court for Human
      Rights in Strasbourg, among others the one related to the 21 October 1999
      shelling of the Grozny Market, during which scores of people were killed.

      After a long career with the police in Donskoy, Tula Oblast, from 1992
      Magomadov worked as an investigator for the Chechen Ministry of Interior,
      and then for the Prokuratura (Prosecutor’s Office). From 1994 to 1996 he
      worked in the Office of the Public Prosecutor of the Interim Administration
      of Chechnya. He subsequently worked as Assistant Prosecutor General for
      crime investigations. He was also the head of an Investigations and
      Operations Task Force to fight kidnappings. His team was instrumental in
      freeing hundreds of kidnapped persons. Magomadov was not involved in
      politics and did not participate in the armed conflict. After retiring from
      law enforcement, he undertook human rights-related work.

      Through this new career, Magomadov has won many friends, both in Russia and
      abroad, among his colleagues with his collegial manner and tireless approach
      to the difficult and dangerous work of representing the victims of grave
      human rights violations in Chechnya.

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      We urge you to conduct a thorough investigation on the abduction of Makhmut
      Magomadov. If the men who detained him were acting in an official capacity,
      we call on the authorities immediately to make known the reasons for his
      detention and inform his family of his fate and whereabouts. Further, the
      Russian authorities should either charge him with a recognizable offence or
      release him immediately.

      We kindly ask you to inform us about the process of this case.

      Sincerely,

      Aaron Rhodes (Executive Director)

      cc OSCE Delegations
      Council of Europe
      Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
      National Helsinki Committees

      __________________________________________
      Joachim Frank, Project Coordinator
      International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights
      Wickenburggasse 14/7
      A-1080 Vienna
      Tel. +43-1-408 88 22 ext. 22
      Fax: +43-1-408 88 22 ext. 50
      Web: http://www.ihf-hr.org
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