Foreign Ministry Commissioner for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov’s answer to Rossiya Segodnya International News Agency’s question about the fate of Russian citizen Ravil Mingazov
Question: Can you comment on the reported release from Guantanamo prison of Russian citizen Ravil Mingazov?
Konstantin Dolgov: According to incoming reports, the US authorities recognised, on July 21, that Russian citizen Ravil Mingazov’s further detention under wartime laws at the US high security prison in Guantanamo, to which he was committed without charge or trial in October 2002, was inexpedient and unjustified based on his posing no serious threat to US national security.
Better late than never, as they say. What happened to Mr Mingazov cannot be described in terms other than utter judicial outrage. This is basically the abduction and 14-year detention of a Russian citizen by the US secret services, all within an artificial juridical vacuum. He was also denied due process.
The Mingazov case is yet further confirmation of US disregard for international law, human rights and legality as such. It exposes US double standards in this area.
We hope that Ravil Mingazov will be released from Guantanamo and sent to Russia without delay.