Chechen Family Faces Extradition from Germany
The regional German newspaper “Neu Presse” has reported that a Chechen family seeking asylum in Germany faces extradition from the country.
According to the information, 48 year old Saypti Madaev, his 32 year old wife Madina Madaeva and their three young sons, ages 3, 7 and 9, received a decision from German authorities asking them to leave the Asylum Center in the town of Coburg on February 7.
Saypti Madaev and his family are the victims of brutal Russian acts in the Russian occupied Chechen Republic of Ichkeria. During the war, he worked for several international human rights organizations in Georgia, which helped Chechen asylum seekers. When Saypti returned to Chechnya, he was abducted immediately and tortured. His wife Madina’s brother was killed and Madina was also abducted. When they were released after paying a bribe, they left Chechnya and arrived in Poland. However, their asylum demand was rejected, thus they moved to Germany in September 2012. But German immigration authorities refused their asylum demand as well on the basis of the Dublin II regulation. Now, they will most likely be extradited to Poland first and then to Russia.
German journalist Kerstin Nickig confirms that she met with Saypti in Georgia and that he is a very reliable and trustworthy man. “While he was in Georgia, he was in danger too. Sometimes he faced the rude behavior of Georgian authorities. As far as I know he is wanted by the pro-Russian regime in Chechnya,” said Nickig.
Elmar Jones, a specialist in migration and integration from a diaconal service, explained that Madina is depressed and it is very easy to see the fear in her eyes. “Their middle son Umar shows strong behavioral disorders in school. Because, one day when they were in Chechnya, at four o’clock in the morning, their front door was broken down and masked men entered. They dragged Saypti away. He was missing for four weeks. The small child witnessed everything. Thus, he is desperately in need of psychiatric care,” said Jones.
*Text was written by Waynakh Online and edited by Michael Capobianco