MONTREAL, Sept. 11 /CNW Telbec/ - The head of the Russian public
prosecutor's investigative committee, Alexander Bastrykin, called yesterday
for an "objective and thorough" investigation into the death of Magomed
Yevloyev, the owner of the Ingush news website Ingushetiya.ru, but did not
question the Ingush authorities' claim that it was accidental.
"Despite the desire of the federal prosecutor's office for a thorough
investigation, the claim that Yevloyev's death was accidental has in no way
been called into question," Reporters Without Borders said. "This, however, is
precisely the point at issue. We call on the authorities to consider all
possible hypotheses. There is every reason to think that he was murdered."
According to a spokesperson for the federal prosecutor's office,
Bastrykin said during a meeting in Vladikavkaz with the heads of investigative
committees in southern Russia: "An objective and thorough investigation must
be guaranteed in the judicial proceedings concerning the causes of Magomed
Yevloyev's death, conducted on the basis of paragraph 2 of article 109 of the
Federation of Russia's criminal code." This paragraph concerns "death by
Bastrykin added that criminal investigators from the federal prosecutor's
office would participate in the investigation.
Yevloyev, whose website is the only independent news outlet in
Ingushetia, was shot dead while being held by interior ministry officials on
31 August. The local authorities insist that it was an "accident."
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