Dubai Police deny rights violations in detention of Russian national

DUBAI— A Dubai Police Human Rights official has denied allegations of human rights violations in handling the detention of the 53- year-old Russian national Zahar Kalashov, who was extradited earlier this week to Spain on money laundering charges.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Tue 13 Jun 2006, 10:21 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 7:21 PM

The allegations were made by Kalashov’s Russian lawyer Alexander Gofshteyn, who was quoted yesterday by DPA news agency as saying that “the UAE violated his client’s human rights by keeping him in prison for more than a month and not allowing him to meet his lawyer.” He also claimed that his client had been allowed two meetings with his wife in prison “but he was not allowed any legal representation.” The lawyer also said that the family was not informed about anything and no one knew when he was extradited.

Dr Mohammed Al Murr, Director of the Dubai Police Human Rights Department, said that the concerned authorities in Dubai had arrested Kalashov on an Interpol warrant. He rejected allegations that the UAE had violated the human rights of Kalashov while in detention. “The authorities concerned had kept the man in prison till the completion of legal procedures of his extradition to Spain in accordance with international regulations.”

He said that the Dubai Police had allowed his family to visit him. About allegations on the legal representation and his meeting with his lawyer, Dr Al Murr said that the accused was not arrested for a case filed against him in the UAE. “He was arrested on an Interpol warrant issued on a Spanish judge’s order.”

Lt-General Dhahi Khalfan Tamim, Commander-in-Chief of the Dubai Police, also confirmed that the Dubai Police had extradited Kalashov to Spain. He said that the UAE would hand over any person wanted by Interpol or any legal authorities. The Spanish Interior Ministry described Kalashov in a statement as the “the main leader of the Georgian mafia.” Kalashov was arrested on May 7, a week after arriving in Dubai where the family has property and investment, according to DPA.

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