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Case of Dagestani doctors: Law enforcers are covering their tracks?19.12.2012 | 15:42
Dagestani doctor Marat Gunashev, suspected of involvement in the murder of the head of Internal Affairs of Makhachkala, was transferred to a prison in North Ossetia. This was announced on December 17, by the lawyer of the accused Zaur Magomedov. Doctor's defender is confident that his client was taken away to put pressure on him. Known Dagestan lawyer, human rights activist Sapiyat Magomedova does not believe that the doctors could be involved in gangs.
"How could Shamil Gasanov get arms? He was brought home from the police station", the lawyer Sapiyat Magomedova says commenting on the event for the Big Caucasus. "When a person just sees armed men, he gets paralyzed. And being surrounded by so many armed security forces officers, this is nonsense to think about what to show resistance. Parents of the deceased believe that security officials have made a mistake and decided to get rid of their son, to cover their tracks".
When asked about the action of human rights defenders in relation of "the doctors' case", Magomedova states that after the law on nonprofit organizations - foreign agents the attitude towards defenders began to change. "Of course, human rights defenders in Dagestan are taking some steps, but they are not as effective as before. But security officials feel easier ..."
According to Magomedova, the transfer of suspects to jail in Vladikavkaz - this is a common practice in Dagestan. In particular, the same way the law enforcers tried to get testimony during the investigation of the murder of Interior Minister Adilgerei Magomedtagirov. "One of the accused was defended by the chairman of our board, I was also connected to this case. We asked members of the Investigative Committee: why did they transfer the accused if the crime occurred in Dagestan, and all the witnesses were here? We were told that this was done for safety of the accused. So, in the Dagestani prison they cannot provide security?"
Magomedova says that in the detention center in Vladikavkaz there operates unofficial rule to prevent lawyers from contacts with their clients. "At least through this they can put psychological pressure on the accused - even if we assume that he does not suffer physical pressure", she added. "They say, look, no one can help you - neither relatives nor lawyers".
Gunashev's lawyer Zaur Magomedov also suggests that in North Ossetia his client will be put under strong pressure. "I expect that he is about to sign a refusal of me as a lawyer, and then he will get public defender", adds Magomedov. "All this, of course, happens under pressure. The investigation reports nothing about the course of the investigation. When I saw him on November 30, he complained about the ill-treatment, and said that he was told that he had signed some documents".
"My client was secretly taken out of Dagestan on December 12. I learned this not from investigators, but through my sources. And the fact that he was in Vladikavkaz I also learned from my friends in the bodies. The crime, of which Gunashev is accused, had been committed in the territory of Dagestan. All investigative activities should take place here", the edition PublicPost quoted the lawyer.
A law enforcement source told the edition that Gunashev was prosecuted under the articles 33 and 317 of the Criminal Code. "The detainee is accused of complicity in the murder of Chief of police of Makhachkala Akhmed Magomedov, who was shot on February 5, 2010. The fact is that Gunashev's apartment windows overlook the road on which the head of Internal Affairs went to work. Investigation believes that Gunashev helped in watching Magomedov. There are more clear testimony of a secret witness, which cannot be disclosed", said law enforcement officer.
According to eyewitnesses, the anesthesiologist Marat Gunashev was arrested on November 28, right in the operating room, and was taken in a robe and slippers. "Marat is suspected under three articles of the Russian Criminal Code: 317 (attempt on the life of a law enforcement officer), 105 part 2 (attempted murder), 222 part 2 (illegal possession of weapons.) We do not rule out that due the lack of proper evidence the investigation may soon re-qualify the charges, for example, to the Article 208 (participation in illegal armed groups) or 228 (drugs). This is why in the course of a search in Marat's apartment 10 matchboxes with drugs were planted to the desk of his eight-year daughter with school supplies right in front of her eyes", the lawyer Zaur Magomedov said.
The same day when Gunashev was arrested the law enforcement officers arrested Shamil Hasanov, a surgeon, who was later killed (the body was decapitated!) for allegedly offered resistance.