The European Parliament issued a resolution on the case of Oyub Titiev, Head of the Chechen Branch of the Human Rights Centre “Memorial”, who was arrested on charges of possession of drugs.
In the document, the Parliament urges to immediately release Titiev, provide him with access to a lawyer and medical care, physical integrity and protection of human dignity as well as protection from ‘arbitrary arrests and unfair prosecution.’ In addition, the European Parliament condemned the arsons of the office and car of “Memorial” in Ingushetia and Dagestan and supported the organisation’s request to transfer the investigation into the case of the human rights defender to the federal level.
Oyub Titiev was detained in Chechnya on 9 January 2018 and arrested for 2 months on suspicion of possession of drugs. According to investigators, a bag of marijuana was found in his car. The human rights activist himself stated that the police had planted drugs on him. “Memorial” connects the persecution of Titiev with the investigation of several cases of disappearance of people in Chechnya since late 2016.
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