16 August 2017
Lawyer Vitaly Zubchenko, who works with Justice Initiative, said in his comments that assessment of the voluntary or involuntary nature of a decision not to go ahead with the crime is part of the circumstances of the case. In its earlier examination, the court of first instance concluded that the defendants were guilty. The first appeal court also examined the circumstances, including the issue of voluntary nature, and upheld the sentence.
15 August 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.
4 August 2017
Today, on August 4 2017, it was announced that Yevloyev has been released. There is no information on the whereabouts of his accomplice, Murad Paragulgov. Knowing that Yevloyev is now free, Yelizaveta Aliyeva fears for her and her family’s safety.
7 July 2017
“We fought for nearly two years for Khakulov to get medical aid”, Diana Kostina said. “We will seek a full and fair investigation into his death. This will be possible only if, first, the fact that he did not get proper treatment for a long time at the pre-trial detention centre in Nalchik is taken into account, and second, that the courts’ decisions ignored the medical commission’s conclusions and doctors’ demands. Finally, the Federal Corrections Service personal did not provide him with the needed treatment during the transfer to the prison colony. He did not therefore receive the regular treatment he needed and died as a result. All of this points to systematic violations of the provisions of the European Convention on Human Rights and the principles of Russian legislation on protection of health of life”.
8 June 2017
Tuntuyev was taken to the headquarters of Prison Colony No.6, where he was met by three men who introduced themselves as being from the Federal Security Service (FSB). The three men spent half-an-hour threatening him and pressuring him to confess to a new crime. Another man then entered the room and introduced himself as an investigator from Pyatigorsk. He asked Tuntuyev to sign a statement renouncing his right to a lawyer. Tuntuyev refused. The investigator did not insist and left. The three FSB men returned and, facing their threats, Tuntuyev was forced to renounce the right to a lawyer.