In Makhachkala, the Sovetsky District Court sentenced retired policeman Tagir Velagaev, who was found guilty of the murder of his ex-wife. He was sentenced to two years of restriction of freedom, informs Pavel Chikov, head of the Agora human rights organization. Velagaev is also the son of the former chairman of the Soviet court, which has twice tried the case.
As follows from the materials of the case, on the night of February 5, 2019, Velagaev, in a state of alcoholic intoxication, came to his ex-wife Umuzhat Huseynova’s home. He struck her four blows with the handle of a traumatic pistol on the head, and then strangled her.
After 12 days, the neighbors smelled an unpleasant smell in the entrance and found a corpse wrapped in a carpet. After the arrest, Velagaev signed a document confirming his confession.
During interrogation, he claimed that he did not remember how he strangled his ex-wife. But he admitted that he took the phones and keys from the scene, which he then threw away on the way.
According to the son of the murdered woman, Velagaev pursued her, came drunk to the apartment and broke down the doors.
Initially, a criminal case was opened under Art. 105 (murder) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. But then he was retrained to art. 107 (murder committed in a state of passion) of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. Now he faced a maximum of three years in prison instead of 15.
The lawyer of the injured party noted that the investigation was conducted biasedly. “The indictment indicates the unlawful and immoral behavior of the victim. The list of witnesses for the prosecution lists the family members and friends of Velagaev, interrogated at the initiative of the investigation, and not the defense, who gave him a brilliant characterization and extremely negative – the victim ”, – quoted “Mediazona” lawyer Irina Safarova.
In March 2020, the Sovetsky District Court of Makhachkala sentenced Velagaev to a two-year restriction of freedom. The judge decided that the accused at the time of the murder was in a state of “sudden strong emotional excitement.” The court decision also stated that Velagaev “actively contributed to the disclosure and investigation of the crime.”
Three months later, the Supreme Court of Dagestan overturned the verdict and sent the case for a new trial. But on November 30, 2021, the same Soviet court passed exactly the same lenient sentence as last year.
Tagir Velagaev and Umuzhat Huseynova have been married for 17 years. According to the convict’s stepson, at the time of his acquaintance with his mother, Velagaev did not work anywhere, “drank, was a drug addict,” but Umuzhat “put him on his feet”: she sent him to study as a lawyer, after which he got a job in the police.
In 2011, Velagaev was injured in a suicide bomber blast in Kaspiysk. Doctors diagnosed a police officer with post-traumatic stress disorder. Velagayev was awarded the Order of Courage, and later declared unfit for military service and fired. In 2015, the couple divorced, as Huseynova found out that her husband has a mistress.
How wrote “Draft”, Tagir’s father Akhmed Velagaev from 1978 to 1982 served as chairman of the Soviet District Court of Makhachkala.