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February 26th 2003 · Prague Watchdog / Ruslan Isayev · PRINTER FRIENDLY FORMAT · E-MAIL THIS · ALSO AVAILABLE IN: RUSSIAN 

Attempt to blow up arrested Chechen

Ruslan Isayev, North Caucasus – It is not a rarity in Chechnya to arrest Chechens and then blow them up with explosives so as to conceal all traces. However, one man, Aslan Dzhabrailov, from the Pervomayskaya village near Grozny was fortunate to escape just such a fate.

On February 16, federals took Aslan and his elder brother, Valid, from their home and held them in the cellar of one of the military compounds. Aslan said that he was systematically beaten so that he would confess to his involvement with the Chechen fighters.

Four days later, they dragged Aslan out of the building with a bag over his head and put him in a truck on top of what he was convinced was a corpse. After awhile the truck stopped, he was taken out and again laid atop a dead body. Minutes later he heard a shot fired, but luckily the bullet whizzed by him and he was not hit. However, Aslan lay still, pretending to be dead; he then felt a hard object being placed between him and the body under him and heard footsteps hurrying away.

He managed to untie himself and saw to his horror that he had been lying on top of his dead brother; and there was an explosive wedged between them that was about to blow up. By working feverishly he extinguished the fuse with seconds to spare, crawled toward the road and got help from some people who reported the incident to the police.

The Dzhabrailov family is now trying to find Valid’s killers. They requested the prosecution to find and punish the offenders. Charges have been brought as well.

(P/E,T)

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