Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Two Ingush Detainees Held Beyond Scheduled Release Dates Now Free

Paul Goble

            Staunton, January 13 – Two Ingush detainees who admitted their guilt have been released after being held several days past when they completed their sentences. Eliskhan Azhikhov was supposed to be released on December 28 and Musa Pliyev was to be let go on January 9. But both were released today (

            This is not the first time the authorities have announced a release date but then held an Ingush detainee longer.  Last month, Zelimkhan Tomov was held several days after he was supposed to be released.  It is not clear why this has been happening (

            Meanwhile, there were developments today in three other cases involving Ingushetia. First, a scheduled hearing in the case of Gelany Khamkhoyev was postponed after his attorney failed to show up. His case on charges arising from the protests is being held behind closed doors (

            Second, investigators say they have no evidence that former counter-extremist official Ibragim Eldzharkiyev was killed for revenge or on a religious basis. But they continue to look for evidence and raided the home of a guard of a former religious official who was killed earlier ( and

            And third, Khasan Zyazikov, charged with using force against the police, told the court that he not only was not participating in the meeting but was absolutely “apolitical.” He said he had resisted the police only because they appeared to be threatening older people near where he was walking (

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