Fine, deportation order upheld for newspaper journalist Ali Feruz
MOSCOW, November 30 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has upheld a 5,000-ruble fine (about $84) and a deportation order given to a reporter of Novaya Gazeta newspaper Ali Feruz (Khudoberdy Nurmatov), the court’s press service told RAPSI on Thursday.
The Basmanny District Court of Moscow fined Feruz and ordered his deportation from Russia on November 22.
However, the journalist’s deportation is suspended over the ruling of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). The deportation process will remain halted while his case is reviewed by the Strasbourg court.
On August 3, a court in Moscow held that Ali Feruz must be deported to Uzbekistan for violating emigration rules. He was also fined 5,000 rubles and put in a special temporary residence center for foreign citizens. The journalist pleaded not guilty. Feruz said that his life would be in danger if he is deported.
On August 4, the ECHR held that Feruz can’t be deported during the hearing of his case in Strasbourg.
Feruz, who applied for refugee status in Russia in 2014, was forced to leave Uzbekistan in 2008 because of refusal to cooperate with the country’s security agencies and tortures.
The Union of Journalists, Amnesty International and Russia's Presidential Council for Human Rights have already asked the authorities not to deport Feruz. The Human Rights Council claimed that the ordered deportation of Feruz to Uzbekistan contravenes Russia's Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The President’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in turn that the authorities are aware of this problem. The situation is rather complicated, and several factors do not allow to put aside the occurred violations, he added.