Translation: Ingush Activist Miakiev Changes Attorneys and Turns to Human Rights Defenders

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“Ingush activist Bagaudin Miakiev, who on July 17 stated that he had been beaten in Nalchik SIZO (special interrogation unit) No. 1, where he is being held on suspicion of using violence against a representative of the authorities (part 2 of article 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), has hired a new attorney and has askedfor help from the “Committee against torture. “

“As Kavkaz.Realii reported, on July 18 Miakiev, in the presence of his former attorney, wrote a statement to the Kabardino-Balkaria prosecutor’s office, and the lawyer independently issued a statement to the supervisory authority, but did not turn to the Investigative Committee. Subsequently it became known that previously he was probably an employee of the Department of Federal Services for the Execution of Penalties for Kabardino-Balkaria.

““Myakiyev’s relatives hired a new attorney, Magomet Aushev, who is cooperating with us. He will represent Bagaudin’s interests both in the case of the beating and in his primary case, in accordance with Article 318,” the Committee Against torture, Dmitry Piskunov, told Kavkaz.realii.

“In addition, according to the spokesperson, on July 23, at a meeting with Aushev, Myakiev wrote a statement in which he officially appealed for help to the “Committee against Torture.”

“‘At the present time, we have filed a petition with the Russian Investigative Commite for a detailed explanation of what happened to Myakiev the morning of July 17 at SIZO No. 1, and we also made a request to the management of SIZO to allow us to take a picture of Bagaudin and allow us to conduct a new medical examination in the presence of our lawyer. During the previous medical examination conducted at the SIZO immediately after the beating, no injuries, except for a bruise under the eye, were recorded in our client, and he does not agree with this assessment of his physical condition, ‘ Piskunov said.

“Bagaudin Miakiev is one of the individuals detained in Ingushetia after the rally in Magas on March 26-27. As a result of this rally, more than 100 residents of the republic were subjected to administrative punishment, arrests and fines, and about 30 people were charged under Art. 318 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation and placed in the SIZO of Nalchik and Vladikavkaz.”

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