2 Gay Chechens Held on Terror Charges Without Proof

Two gay guys who were by force returned to Chechnya this month have been charged with terror-related offenses without proof as well as face up to 15 years behind bars, a rights team stated Wednesday.

Authorities in Russia’s restive region of Chechnya have actually come under attack in the last few years from legal rights groups, which implicate authorities of tormenting and incarcerating homosexuals in secret jails.

Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya’s tyrannical leader, claims the area’s population is specifically heterosexual.

The LGBT Network civil liberties group said Wednesday that 2 gay males who left Chechnya in 2014 but were jailed and also returned this month have actually been charged with assisting an illegal armed group.

Salekh Magamadov, 20, and Ismail Isayev, 17, confront 15 years in prison if founded guilty, the NGO said.

” Investigators nonetheless did not give any type of unbiased evidence of Ismail Isayev as well as Salekh Magamadov’s shame,” the civil liberties group said in a declaration.

The males, who are detained in the regional funding Grozny, informed their lawyer that they had actually been required to sign testaments and also declarations incriminating themselves, LGBT Network stated.

The group aided Magamadov and also Isayev take off Chechnya for Nizhny Novgorod northeast of Moscow in June in 2015 after they were purportedly tortured by Chechen cops.

The legal rights group states Magamadov and also Isayev were jailed and hurt by Chechen authorities in 2020 for their sexual orientation.

It said authorities officially implicated the males of running a Telegram network vital of federal government officials.

After their apprehension yet before they left the republic, the guys were compelled to record a video clip apology in which they said “they weren’t men,” LGBT Network claimed.

The European Court of Human Rights previously this month bought Russia to do something about it on Isayev as well as Magamadov, claiming they must be examined by independent medical professionals and also accessibility to them must be approved to their attorney as well as household.

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