4 Mar 2018 21:42

Court to consider Titiyev's arrest extension on March 6

MOSCOW. March 4 (Interfax) - Investigators have requested an extension of the arrest of Oyub Titiyev, head of the Chechen office of the Memorial human rights center, the court will consider the request on March 6, the organization's press office said.

"A court hearing for extending the arrest of the head of the Memorial Human Rights Center's Grozny office is scheduled for March 6, at 9:30 a.m.," a spokesperson told Interfax, noting that the investigator had informed Titiyev's lawyer Pyotr Zaikin accordingly.

The hearing will be held at Staropromyslovsky district court in Grozny, the spokesperson said.

Titiyev is accused of possessing a large quantity of drugs. On January 11 a court in Chechnya's Shali district remanded him in custody until March 9. Titiyev's arrest was announced by Memorial on January 9.

Titiyev has pleaded not guilty and insisted that the drugs were planted. It is a provocation linked to his professional activity, the human rights campaigner said.