The European Court of Human Rights has awarded 20 thousand euros to the relatives of Gilani Tsechoev, who was killed in 2010 in Ingushetia. About it informs “Novaya Gazeta” with reference to the “Legal Initiative”.
The ECHR noted that the investigators could not establish the owner of the car in which the armed people arrived, and did not find out from which rifle Tsechoev was killed, and whether the military could have been involved in his murder. In addition, Tsechoev’s relatives could not familiarize themselves with the case materials.
The European Court concluded that Article 2 of the European Convention – the right to life – was violated.
In early April 2010, Tsechoev was stopped by unknown security officials who spoke Chechen and Russian. They tried to drag him into the car, but one of the law enforcement officers ordered him to be released.
On June 24 of the same year, Tsechoev was at his own apiary. Witnesses said that a car without license plates arrived there, from where “people who looked like military men in camouflage and with weapons” came out. The arrivals demanded that Tsechoev show the documents, and when he followed them to his car, he was shot in the back.
The murder case was opened the next day, but on November 25, the investigation was suspended due to the absence of a suspect in the case. Later, according to the statements of Tsechoev’s relatives, the case was resumed and suspended for two years. At the same time, the relatives of the victim were twice denied access to the case materials.
In June of this year, another high-profile murder of a well-known businessman in the republic, Magomed Kodzoev, took place in Ingushetia, whose execution by the security forces was filmed and posted on the Internet. This murder was the continuation of dozens and hundreds of abductions, “special operations” and extrajudicial executions, which have become almost the norm in the North Caucasus. Missing thousands. It is impossible to count those killed, there are no official investigations.
Tatiana Voltskaya talked with relatives of Magomed Kodzoev and Ingush human rights activists, who told her about the permissiveness of the security forces, and the decades-old practice of extrajudicial reprisals against a variety of people – from a physics teacher and a successful entrepreneur to a police chief and an accidental child, from well-known human rights defenders to apolitical ordinary people who just they knew or did not like people with power and weapons in their hands.