On 3 December 2018, the Supreme Court of Appeal of Brandenburg decided to refuse Russia to extradite Vakha Kotiyev, a native of the Republic of Ingushetia. The judgement states:

“… Obviously, the victim was not in Syria in the supposed period or in the spring of 2017. According to the sheltering documents, there is no evidence of the correctness or credibility of the accusation by the Russian side. In light of the above findings, it is decided that the extradition of Vakha Kotiyev to Russia, with a view to criminal prosecution, is inadmissible.”

 The extradition case of Vakha Kotiyev lasted 12 months. He was detained on 5 January 2017. Vakha was held in prison for several months, after which he was released, with the condition that he should be reported to the police at a certain time. More information about what happened was written by Kavkaz.Realii.

“We can’t say anything about the shelter right now, but we have a ban for the deportation,” Vakha’s spouse commented.

Now, Kotiyev’s advocates are working to secure shelter for him and to remove him from Interpol’s red list.

Let us recall that Article 3 of Interpol prohibits this organization to deal with persecution for reasons of a religious, racial, or political nature. In addition, Interpol does not deal with war crimes. Despite this, some member countries are misusing the Interpol system for political purposes or to persecute critics. Russia requested as estimated three to five thousand people from the North Caucasus through Interpol. For example, there are more than 160 Chechens in the Interpol open list, this number exceeds the number of citizens from China and the United States wanted through Interpol.

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