22 May 2012
Memorial Human Rights Centre
The hearing in the case of the police beating of Makhmud Akhmedov, an underage resident of the village of Khebda in the Shamilsky region of the Republic of Dagestan, which had been scheduled for May 18, has been postponed due to illness of the victim’s lawyer, Aziz Kurbanov. The date of the next hearing will be announced by the court clerk.
Let us remind that on July 18, 2010, three police officers from a police department in the Shamilsky region of the Republic of Dagestan, Magomed Magomedov, Gamzat Nurudinov and Shamil Magomedaliev, detained Makhmud at his home in the village of Khebda and severely beat him at the police station. The teenager received a contusion of the brain and lost his hearing in one ear. On May 20, 2011, the police officers were found guilty of abuse of office (Item A, Part 3, Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) and they were given suspended sentences from 2.6 to 4 years in prison, and banned from working in the police service for one year. Considering this sentence too lenient, Akhmed’s family appealed against the decision in the Supreme Court of the Republic of Dagestan. The court found a gross violation of procedural rules in the case, and on October 18, 2011, it was returned to the prosecutor’s office. In January 2012, the materials on the criminal case involving Sh. Magomedaliev and G. Nurudinov were allocated to another proceeding (http://www.memo.ru/eng/news/2012/04/27/2704121.html). [Read more]