Human Rights First Urges Fair Trial for Russian Lawyer Mikhail Trepashkin
“It is suspicious that Mr. Trepashkin was arrested just days before he was scheduled to present evidence in court,” said Neil Hicks, Director of International Programs at Human Rights First, “especially as others involved in the investigation into the 1999 bombings have also suffered unexplained mishaps.”
The public investigation came to an abrupt end when the co-chairman of the body charged with conducting an inquiry into the devastating crime, the Kovalev Commission, Sergei Yushenkov, was murdered in front of his home. A Commission member died of food poisoning, another was brutally beaten, and two other members were removed from their seats in the legislature.
Human Rights First asks that the Russian government:
- provide Mr. Trepashkin with a fair trial and release him unconditionally if there is insufficient evidence to convict him;
- move Mr. Trepashkin to a more humane location for the duration of his detention as a judge ordered more than six months ago;
- commence a full and fair inquiry into the circumstances of Mr. Trepashkin’s arrest.
Mikhail Trepashkin exposed evidence that could suggest government complicity in the 1999 apartment explosions in Moscow. Just before he was to appear in the trial of Chechen rebels accused in the blasts, police stopped him on the road and claimed they found a gun in the trunk of his car. Mr. Trepashkin has been imprisoned for this offense since October 2003. He was prevented from representing his clients, daughters of a woman killed in the 1999 bombing, and from presenting the evidence he had gathered that implicates the Russian government in the bombing. The conditions under which Mr. Trepashkin is held are inhumane; he shares a small cell with six other inmates and is denied basic medical treatment.
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39 Congresso (I sessione)
39° Congresso (prima sessione) del Partito Radicale Nonviolento Transnazionale e Transpartito. Le mozioni approvate
Sostegno all’appello del Presidente Chirac e del Presidente Diouf, Sauver Tombouctou pour sauver la paix / Saving Timbuktu to save the peace.
Senato del Partito Radicale
Roma, 8/9 febbraio 2014
- dall'intervento di Maurizio Turco, Tesoriere del Partito Radicale (pdf)
- Il dibattito dell'8 e 9 febbraio [primo giorno] [secondo giorno]
Roma, 14 dicembre 2013