15 August 2017, Tuesday

On August 10 2017, lawyers from Justice Initiative received from the Ingushetia Supreme Court appeals filed by Mukharbek Yevloyev’s defence lawyers on August 2 2017. The court informed the lawyers that a hearing on Yevloyev’s case would take place on August 16 2017. The court notification and the appeals received could mean that tomorrow, August 16 2017, the court could end the criminal prosecution of Yevloyev, who was sentenced earlier for abducting Yelizaveta Aliyeva.

“We have looked through the appeals filed by convicted person Yevloyev’s defence lawyers and the court decision on passing the case on to the appeals court”, said lawyer Olga Gnezdilova, who works with Justice Initiative. “From the court decision it is clear that the court intends to lift the charges against Yevloyev on the basis of the commentary to the [Criminal Code] article on voluntary release”.

On February 20 2017, the Magas district court in Ingushetia sentenced Mukharbek Yevloyev to six years in a maximum security prison colony and a fine of 80,000 roubles for abducting Yelizaveta Aliyeva, the sister of his wife Maryem. Right from the start, Yelizaveta Aliyeva said that Yevloyev’s sentence was too light. Yevloyev and his accomplice Murad Paragulgov denied their guilt, showed no remorse and did nothing to compensate for the harm caused. During the investigation, they put pressure on Yelizaveta and threatened her children.   

The conflict in the Yevloyev-Aliyev families developed over several years. The sisters Maryem and Yelizaveta Aliyeva complained to the law enforcement agencies about threats and violence by Yevloyev and asked for their safety to be protected. Witnesses testify that Yevloyev forced his wife Maryem to have her hair shaved off, constantly beat her, including when she was pregnant, and cut off part of one of her fingers.

Yevloyev abducted Yelizaveta Aliyeva from her home on July 9 2015. Together with five armed men, he broke into her home, demanding to know where his wife was. Yelizaveta Aliyeva and her husband were forced into a car and driven in the direction of the Nazran city dump. The neighbours called the police and it was thanks to this action that Yelizaveta was able to escape from the car when the abductors stopped to hide from the police patrol. It was for this case that Yevloyev received the sentence that could be reviewed tomorrow, August 16 2017.   

Lawyers from Justice Initiative already sent to the ECHR a complaint on behalf of Yelizaveta Aliyeva for violations of articles 2,3 and 14 of the European Convention on Human Rights. The complaint also cites violation of Article 13 of the Convention because the authorities did not open a criminal case into the presumed murder of Maryem Aliyeva, who has been missing since September 19 2015. 

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