Human rights advocates denied access to Nemtsov murder suspects
MOSCOW, March 17 (RAPSI) – Russia’s Investigative Committee believes it would be inadvisable for human rights representatives to visit the suspects in the Nemtsov murder case, the Presidential Council for Human Rights said on its website on Tuesday.
According to the statement, Mikhail Fedotov, chairman of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, has requested Investigative Committee permission to visit the suspects in the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov at the pretrial detention facility. The request has been denied as inadvisable.
The reply cited on the council’s website says that “information on the alleged use of physical force against Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev and Shadid Gubashev will be reviewed in accordance with the law.”
Earlier, Andrei Babushkin, a representative of the Presidential Council for Human Rights, who visited Dadayev and the Gubashev brothers in the detention facility, suggested an inquiry into the alleged torture of the suspects.
Boris Nemtsov, co-chair of the Republican Party of Russia – People’s Freedom Party (RPR-PARNAS) and former first deputy prime minister in the Yeltsin government, was fatally shot as he walked home with a girlfriend in central Moscow late on the night of February 27.
He joined the opposition in the 2000s.
So far, five suspects have been detained, including Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev, Shadid Gubashev, Khamzat Bakhayev and Tamerlan Eskerkhanov.