Staunton, June 16 – At today’s hearing in Essentuki of the cases against the Ingush Seven, Kureysh Sapraliyev, head of the public security administration of the Ingush ministry of internal affairs, and six imams testified that the Ingush Seven had not engaged in extremist actions or encouraged anyone to attack the police, thus undercutting the charges against them.
Aralbek Dumanishev, one of the attorneys for the Seven, said that this was only the latest example of what has been happening in the courtroom. Neither prosecution witnesses nor documents nor defense witnesses support the government’s charges, and prosecutors have compensated in two ways.
On the one hand, he says, they have simply asserted that the Ingush Seven are all guilty because they have been charged and thus must be so. And on the other, prosecutors have engaged in provocative questions either to trap witnesses or to get them to talk about unrelated issues (fortanga.org/2021/06/predstaviteli-duhovenstva-vystupili-v-sude-po-delu-liderov-ingushskogo-protesta/ and kavkaz-uzel.eu/articles/365026/
As a result, most are afraid to speak out against the regime lest they be fired. When the university was queried, officials said that such arrangements are now the norm for universities throughout the Russian Federation.