New Extradition Date Set for Chechen Asylum Seeker in Austria
Local sources have reported that Austrian authorities set a new extradition date for Chechen asylum seeker, Salman Mamaev.
Earlier we reported the deportation threat facing Salman (Danial) Mamaev, a Chechen asylum seeker in Austria. Since early last week, he has been kept in a detention center in the city of Vienna. Police tried to deport him last week but he resisted and the deportation failed. Austrian authorities have now set Monday, October 22 as his new deportation date to the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. His friends and human rights defenders are describing his extradition as a death sentence.
Salman’s 21 year old wife, Makka Mamaeva said that they met three years ago in the city of Bregenz and after a while were married. They have a son, 10 month old Abubakar. He is not aware of the situation right now. Makka is also pregnant and expected to give birth in early February 2013.
“How can you justify a son growing up without his father? Maybe my second child will never be able to see his father,” said the desperate wife.
Recall that Salman Mamev was a former participant in the Chechen National Liberation Movement against Russian military invaders in his homeland. Mamaev’s brother, nephew and uncle were killed by the Russian army. Six of his friends were taken hostage by the Russian army and were sentenced to between 15 and 18 years in prison each. Since 2005, Mamaev has lived in Austria. In 2010, he married Makka Mamaeva, a Chechen woman who has refugee status in Austria.
*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco