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