Prime Minister Zakayev Appeals to the Swedish Authorities
Here it is:
To the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
To the Ministry of the Interior of Sweden
To the Supreme Court of Sweden
The Government of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria has received alarming notice from Sweden about Magomed Inaev, born on the 12th June 1975, a Chechen by birth who has been granted the status of political refugee by the Austrian authorities.
Magomed Inaev was detained by the Interpol, by request of Russian authorities, in Malmö, Sweden, on the 24th February 2017, based on grounds of active participation in social, political and military affairs on the territory of Chechnya.
Magomed Inaev is one of many fighters for the restoration of the independence of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria who had confronted the Russian ilegal occupation of his homeland, one that has de facto independence under international law which was unlawfully disputed by the Russian imperialist terrorist practices against the Chechen citizens.
Like many citizens of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria, he was under the guise of false accusations, a common practice of the Russia political persecution against any free speech and opposition to the oppressive and terrorist actions that disagrees with the human rights, the nation’s right of self-determination and the citizens physical and cultural integrity, a persecution that is so effective that Magomed Inaevm, like many other, was forced to leave his homeland and seek asylum from the Austrian authorities.
The detention of Magomed Inayev caused a wide resonance among a large diaspora of the Chechen people in many countries. People wrote, resented and that, worried for the fate of Magomed Inaev, asked Sweden government not to allow his extradition to Russia, where he’ll be cruelly tortured, and, most probably, executed as many others Chechen refugees who were deported to Russia, facts that are indisputably and thoroughly documented by several trustworthy press agencies and Human Rights independent observers.
Considering that several Chechen citizens that were deported to Russia were tortured and killed, we cannot but fear the fate of Magomed Inaev if the Swedish authorities procede with their unethical application of their convenient means to comply with the Russian’s will to oppress to death their opposers and to falsely dispose themselves of any commitment to the Universal Declaration of the Human Rights.
The Chechen diaspora still can’t ignore the deportation of the Chechen citizen Kan Afanasev by Swedish authorities to Russia, where he was killed in February 2015 by representatives of Russian law enforcement agencies. Afanasyev had applied for political asylum to the Swedish authorities, but the migration service of the country considered that there was no threat to his life in Russia, and so was deported, tortured and subjected to electric shock which ultimately resulted in his death, nor that two Chechen men who were denied asylum in Norway on the grounds that their “fears of prosecution were unfounded” were tortured to death on their return, although Apti Nazjujev after his deportation was found dead in a river, with his teeth and nails pulled out, his knee caps shattered, broken skull and deep lacerations on his body, according to an autopsy report and that Umar Bilemkhanov, another Chechen dissident that was deported to Russiawas tortured with electrical cables and later found dead in what the authorities claimed to be the result of a car accident.
We ask you to urgently prevent any injustice against Magomed Inayev, a citizen of the Chechen Republic of Ichkeria who is being obviously persecuted for his political convictions, but who has not committed a single unlawful act in Europe.
March 23, 2017
Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers of Chechen Republic of Ichkeria