Sergei Nikitin on verdicts in Nalchik terrorism trial: “This is a textbook case of criminal injustice in violation of international law"

posted 24 Dec 2014, 00:46 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 24 Dec 2014, 00:57 ]
“This is a textbook case of criminal injustice, where the authorities manifestly refused to investigate allegations of torture, despite overwhelming evidence, and the defendants languished for nine years in pre-trial detention, all in violation of international law. Kudaev’s case is a stark illustration of the unfair trial that the defendants in this case have been subjected to. It exposes the deplorable state of the Russian criminal justice system and the impunity of law enforcement officials alleged to have committed severe human rights violations. The authorities consistently ignored the need to provide adequate medical treatment to Kudaev and all other detainees who needed it. Amnesty International has repeatedly raised concerns about this to the authorities, but these have been ignored. The Russian authorities have used every trick in the book to deny the defendants justice in this landmark case. They also appear to have delayed the verdict until the run up to Christmas to try and sweep it under the carpet. This case really exposes the horrors of the Russian criminal justice system which bucks Russian and international law.”

- Sergei Nikitin, head of Amnesty International's Russia office, on the guilty verdicts and sentences against 57 defendants accused of participating in an armed attack in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria in 2005, from Guilty verdicts in landmark Nalchik trial expose horrors of Russian criminal justice system, Amnesty International, 23 December 2014