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Belarusian law enforcers explain detention of Murad Amriev by his search in CIS countries

Athlete Murad Amriev, who complained about torture and threats of blood feud against him in Chechnya, was detained in Belarus, since he was wanted by CIS countries, the "Dozhd" (Rain) TV Channel reports with reference to the ROVD (District Interior Division) in the town of Dobrush.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 4, in the Bryansk Region, Murad Amriev was detained on the charge of using a forged document. The police released Murad Amriev, but he was cordoned off by law enforcers in masks. However, he managed to escape. According to the "Novaya Gazeta", Amriev was cordoned off by Chechen special forces. On June 8, Murad Amriev was detained by border guards in the Belarusian city of Dobrush.

In September 2013, Murad Amriev, world champion in MMA, complained to human rights defenders in Chechnya that in August 2013, three men forced him into a car and took him to a building of the law enforcement agencies where he was subjected to torture. According to Murad Amriev, they tortured him in an attempt to force him to defame his elder brother, who stayed broad. Murad Amriev left the republic, since he feared for his life.

According to an official of the Dobrush ROVD, Murad Amriev was put on the wanted list by the resolution of the law enforcement agencies in Grozny on suspicion of using a forged document, the "Dozhd" TV Channel reports. Meanwhile, Pyotr Zaikin, an advocate of Murad Amriev, has called the situation with his client's search for the above reason as "absurd."

Murad Amriev was suspected of using a passport with the year of birth indicated as 1986 instead of 1985. The passport with the wrong year of birth indicated by mistake was given to Murad Amriev in the early 2000s instead of the lost one. This has been earlier told to the "Caucasian Knot" correspondent by Igor Kalyapin, the leader of the public organization "Committee for the Prevention of Torture". He has called the error a "technical one."

Today, Igor Kalyapin has expressed his hope that Belarusian law enforcers will release Murad Amriev. According to him, if Murad Amriev flew from anyone in Russia, then he escaped from "the killers in police uniform who tried to illegally detain him and, in fact, kidnap him."

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

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