Front Line Defenders: Oyub Titiev facing criminal investigation

posted 10 Jan 2018, 10:45 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 10 Jan 2018, 10:48 ]
9 January 2018

On 9 January 2018, Oyub Titiev was taken from his car by people in road police uniform and brought at Kurchaloy regional police station. Later same day, he was accused of drugs’ possession and criminal investigation was opened against him. On 9 January, 2018 at approximatively 10:30AM, Titiev’s car was stopped by five road police officers on the road to Kurchaloy, Chechnya, and the defender was taken from his car. For five hours his whereabouts were unknown. His lawyer went to the Kurchaloy police station and was initially told that Oyub Titiev was not among the detainees. Several hours later, the head of Kurchaloy police station confirmed that the defender was detained there. Six hours after the detention of Titiev, his lawyer was admitted to the police station and was able to meet with Titiev. He was informed that during the search of Titiev’s car, police found a black plastic bag containing 180 grams of marijuana and the criminal investigation against Titiev was opened for “Illegal Making, Acquisition, Storage, Transportation, Sending, or Sale of Narcotic Drugs or Psychotropic Substances” under Article 228 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. [Read more]

Source: Oyub Titiev facing criminal investigation, Front Line Defenders, 9 January 2018