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Correction - Re: Waynakh.com: Finnish Police Arrested Gataevs

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  • Norbert Strade
    Dear all, There is a problem with the link to the Gatayev appeal site (re: # 58568). It s working in the posted e-mail version, but the link on the group
    Message 1 of 3 , Jan 8, 2010
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      Dear all,

      There is a problem with the link to the Gatayev appeal site (re: #
      58568). It's working in the posted e-mail version, but the link on the
      group website should be <http://www.adressit.com/gatajev> (without the
      period).

      Best regards,
      Norbert Strade
    • Norbert Strade
      Fugitive Chechens captured in Finland Jan. 8, 2010 HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Two Chechens who fled Lithuania after being ordered to prison for
      Message 2 of 3 , Jan 9, 2010
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        Fugitive Chechens captured in Finland

        Jan. 8, 2010

        HELSINKI, Finland, Jan. 8 (UPI) -- Two Chechens who fled Lithuania after
        being ordered to prison for blackmailing an adult orphan under their
        charge are in custody in Finland, officials say.

        The couple, Xhadizhat Gataeva and her husband Malik Gataev, had been in
        Finland for about two months and were arrested in Helsinki Wednesday.

        "Their passports have been in police possession, and the police have
        known where they have been staying. They have not been in hiding," said
        Teemu Matinpuro, chairman of the Finnish Peace Committee, a group of
        their supporters.

        In 2008 a Lithuanian court sentenced the couple in absentia to a year
        and a half in prison for blackmailing their adult foster child, but they
        were not in court at the time. Authorities had suspected the couple had
        fled to seek asylum elsewhere.

        Supporters contend they fled because they would have been made to
        testify against themselves. Their family and friends would also have
        been intimidated, Helsingin Sanomat reported Friday.

        The couple has been known to be benefactors of war orphans keeping
        facilities in Chechnya and Lithuania and had an award-winning
        documentary made about their work, "The 3 Rooms of Melancholia."

        An appeal filed on their behalf includes the signature of the
        documentary's director.
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