PACE presented the award to Havel arrested in Chechnya human rights activist Titieva

© RIA Novosti / said to Carnaveral in fotobanka the Chechen branch of the human rights centre memorial Oub Titiev . Archival photoPACE presented the award to Havel arrested in Chechnya human rights activist Titieva© RIA Novosti / said to Carnaveral the image Bank

PACE has awarded the human rights prize the václav Havel arrested the head of the Chechen branch of the human rights centre «memorial» Oubu Titieva, announced in the autumn session, the head of the Assembly, Liliane Maury Pasquier.

In addition Titieva in the shortlist for the prize included Rosa Maria Paya (Rosa María Payá) — President of the Latin American youth network for democracy (Cuba) and Nabel Rajab (Rajab Nabeel) — President of the Bahrain centre for human rights, in 2016 in detention.

The trial in the case Titieva, accused of possession of drugs on a large scale, began on 19 July. Interrogated over 60 witnesses for the prosecution and the defence, among which dozens of law enforcement officers. Titieva charged with illegal possession of 180 grams of marijuana, which is considered a major party, and could face up to 10 years imprisonment with a large fine. Guilt is not admitted and filed in the regional management SK the Russian Federation on the prosecution of police officers allegedly threw him in the car a package of marijuana.

According to «Memorial», the investigating authorities of Chechnya three times refused to initiate criminal proceedings on application Titieva that the drugs he allegedly threw the police. The appeal reached the Supreme court of Chechnya, which on June 26 upheld the decision of the Staropromyslovsky district court of Grozny about the refusal in excitation of criminal case against police officers.

The Havel prize is 60 thousand euros, is awarded for outstanding work in the field of protection of human rights. International award named after Vaclav Havel for his contribution to the protection of human rights was established by the Library of the former Czech President václav Havel, the Foundation «Charter 77» and the parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) in 2013.