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    May 4th 2006 · Prague Watchdog Another attempt to sell a child prevented in Chechnya By Umalt Chadayev GROZNY, Chechnya – On May 2 Chechen police prevented
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      May 4th 2006 · Prague Watchdog

      Another attempt to sell a child prevented in Chechnya

      By Umalt Chadayev

      GROZNY, Chechnya – On May 2 Chechen police prevented another attempt by
      medical workers to sell a baby. One of the culprits is a female doctor
      who was recently shortly detained for the same crime.

      The April scandal connected with the exposure of a group of doctors at
      one of Grozny’s hospital who were arranging the sale of children had not
      yet died down when another incident in which medical professionals tried
      to sell a child came to light. And it turned out that Inna Akhtayeva, a
      female gynaecologist at Grozny’s city hospital who was involved in the
      recent scandal, was the initiator of the new sale of a baby.

      “Now she has been rearrested for having made another attempt sell a
      baby, this time for five thousand dollars already," a police official says.

      According to him, several people involved in committing similar crimes
      were detained along with Akhtayeva. In addition to the medical workers,
      an official of the law enforcement agencies also belonged to the
      organized criminal group which was engaging in the trafficking of children.

      "I can’t understand what guided the officials of the prosecutor’s office
      when they released from detention someone who was involved in children
      trafficking – a doctor, moreover," says a 48-year-old instructor at one
      of Grozny’s institutes of higher education. “This is a monstrous, amoral
      crime, made all the more terrible by the fact that it was carried out by
      someone who had taken the Hippocratic oath! These people must be taken
      to court and given their just deserts, even if it means life imprisonment.”

      It will be recalled that on April 21 the media carried the first reports
      that during the processing of operational information federal anti-drug
      police officials had detained doctors at one of Grozny’s hospitals who
      were engaged in the trafficking of children. "On April 19 Akhtayeva and
      her two accomplices were detained by local narcotics agents in the
      course of a special operation. Posing as "buyers", the law enforcement
      officials purchased a three-month old baby girl, paying seventy thousand
      rubles for her. Immediately afterwards the "live goods merchants" were
      put under arrest. The prosecutor’s office of Grozny’s Leninsky district
      is undertaking the investigation of this criminal case. As has now
      become known, citizen Akhtayeva was released after giving a written
      undertaking not to leave the country," a source in the republic’s
      law-enforcement agencies said.

      Translated by David McDuff.

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