Chechen president associated with murder and torture
In the near future a trial will be held in Vienna against two former close associates of Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, suspected of the murder of the Chechen refugee Umar Israilov in January 2009. The investigation, which was recently submitted to the prosecutor’s office in Vienna also indicates connections to President Ramzan Kadyrov.
Civil Rights Defenders and several other human rights organisations demand the Russian authorities to closely follow the upcoming trial in Vienna.
- The trial is important because it can shed light on the suspicions that Israilovs killers acted on orders from the highest political level in Chechnya. Israilov was one of few brave enough to testify against President Kadyrov and his involvement in torture and extrajudicial executions. We will follow the trial with great interest, says Robert Hårdh, Executive Director of Civil Rights Defenders.
Israilov Umar was shot dead in central Vienna in January 2009. Israilov had accused the Chechen president for having tortured him with electric shocks in Grozny in 2003. Israilov had also submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights. There is reason to suspect that Kadyrov, and his two former co-workers, ordered the murder of Israilov to stop him from bringing his case to the European Court for Human Rights.News.
Tags: Murder, Ramzan Kadyrov, and Torture.