European court orders Russia to pay $56,000 to Tajik ex-minister

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PARIS, October 12 (RIA Novosti) - The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ordered Russia on Friday to pay 40,000 euros ($56,000) in compensation to a former Tajik trade minister for his unlawful detention.

The court ruled that several provisions of the European Human Rights Convention were violated in regard to Khabibulo Nasrulloyev, who served as the Central Asian country's trade minister from 1992 to 1997.

Nasrulloyev, who was charged with treason and murder in his home country, fled to Russia where he was arrested in July 2003 after Russian prosecutors received a request from Tajikistan for his extradition. He was held in a pre-trial detention center for three years.

In September 2006, Nasrulloyev was released from custody and launched an appeal with the European Court of Human Rights.

Earlier this year the Strasbourg court ordered Russian authorities to pay 6,000 euros ($8,220) in compensation to an Evangelical pastor who was banned from holding services.

Russia is one of the top ranking countries in the number of lawsuits filed at the Strasbourg court. Last year the total volume of compensation paid by the Russian government following the court's rulings exceeded 1 million euros ($1.4 million).

At the end of September, the rights court started hearings on an appeal lodged by an 84 year-old Russian WWII war veteran, Vasily Kononov, in 2004 against Latvia for inhumane treatment. Hearings were delayed until Russia gave its support to the case. The Kononov case has now been given priority, due to the defendant's deteriorating health.

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