Pussy Riot’s co-worker arrested again in Croatia where the judiciary ordered her detention

She faces deportation to Turkmenistan.

After the arrest in Slovenia, the co-worker of the Russian feminist collective Pussy Riot Ajsoltan Nijazova was arrested by the Croatian police at the Obrežje border crossing on Monday.

Contrary to the procedure in Slovenia just a few days ago, where a judge immediately ordered her release, a Croatian judge ordered her extradition detention on Tuesday.

Members of the Pussy Riot collective left Slovenia for Croatia on Monday, where they gave a concert at the Museum of Modern Art in Zagreb. They got stuck at the border, where Niyazova was arrested by Croatian police on the basis of a 20-year-old Interpol warrant. As the group’s agent Aleksander Čeparukin explained to journalists after her arrest in Slovenia, the warrant was issued because she was falsely accused of controversial deals and cooperation with the opposition due to her activism in Turkmenistan.

“With the decision from Slovenia, we traveled to the border with Croatia, where she was arrested by the Croatian police. They did not care about our explanations, we showed them Slovenian papers and her Swiss documents, but they nevertheless arrested her and said that she would have to go to court”, a member of the group Marija Aljohina told Večernji list.

As it was a holiday in Croatia on Monday, Niyazova did not appear before a judge until Tuesday.

According to unofficial information, the Croatian office of Interpol received a letter from the Turkmen authorities confirming that the arrest warrant is still valid. As a result, the judge ordered Nijazova’s extradition detention, which means that she is threatened with deportation to Turkmenistan, Večernji list writes.

The Croatian Ministry of the Interior explained to the newspaper that the Croatian police acted in the same way as the Slovenian police, but the response of the judiciary was different. “Interpol’s warrant cannot be ignored and both police officers did the same. We brought the Pussy Riot member before the competent judge. In Slovenia, the proceedings were so short because the judge there immediately ruled that she should be released. The same procedure took place in Croatia”, the interior ministry said.

They added that the extradition detention was ordered by the District Court in Zagreb, and the arrested colleague Pussy Riot has the right to appeal.


Translated with Google Translate. Source: delo.si

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