A trial of two police officers charged with electricity torture is going on in Neftekamsk


25 January 2018

The Neftekamsky City Court of the Republic of Bashkortostan continues examining the criminal case against head of the local criminal investigation department Ilvir Sagitov and his subordinate Radim Khairullin, charged with committing a crime under items “a, b” of Part 3 Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (“abuse of office using violence and special equipment”).

(Vener Mardamshin)

As we have previously reported, on 22 November 2016 Vener Mardamshin applied to the Committee for the Prevention of Tortures asking for legal assistance. He said that on 10 November 2016 he was captured by four men; they handcuffed his hands, put a plastic bag on his head, pushed into the car and drove him away in the unknown direction. According to Vener, it turned out later that those were the policemen who took him to the local police department. After that they started beating him using truncheons and an electric shocker forcing him to confess to kidnapping of a woman. But the policemen’s attempts to get a confession to the committed crime from Vener were unsuccessful and they released him after taking an explanatory statement from him where he stated that he had been drinking alcohol with friends and had no claims to the policemen.

According to Mardamshin, an acquaintance of him helped him to get home. Vener’s wife called an ambulance, and the man was taken to the hospital in Neftekamsk, where he was receiving treatment until 21 November, and then was transferred to the hospital of Ufa. Totally, Mardamshin spent twenty seven days receiving hospital treatment. The doctors of Neftekamsk hospital registered the following diagnosis in the discharge summary of the sick person: “Concomitant injury, closed craniocerebral injury. Brain concussion. Concussion of cervical vertebrae. Closed compression fracture of the body of vertebra L1. Closed (old?) fracture of L1 spine vertebra on the right. Concussion of the left side of the pelvis. Both kidneys contusion. Gross hematuria. Numerous concussions, bruises, scratch marks and pinpoint wounds of the soft tissues of the head, body, upper and lower limbs. Post-traumatic ischemic neuropathy of radial nerve of the left forearm. Post-traumatic ischemic neuropathy of the fibular nerve of the left lower leg.”

On 28 December of last year the first person accused of the crime under parts “a, b” of Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation («Abuse of office using violence and special equipment») appeared in this case – Head of the Criminal Investigation of the Neftekamsk police Ilvir Sagitov. At the present time he is in custody at the Detention Facility.

(Ilvir Sagitov, photo: https://02.мвд.рф)

On 25 July 2017 his subordinate became the second accused under the same article – Senior Investigative Officer of the Department for Crimes Against Property of the Criminal Investigations Department of the Department of the Interior for Neftekamsk Radim Khairullin. His measure of restraint involves travel restrictions.

(Radim Khairullin, photo: https://02.мвд.рф)

On 20 September the investigators of the second department for major cases of the Investigative Directorate of the Investigative Committee for the Republic of Bashkortostan completed the investigation of this criminal case. After the indictment was confirmed, first Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic Oleg Gorbunov sent it to the Neftekamsky City Court for examination on its merits.

As lawyer of the Committee Against Torture Evgeny Litvinov pointed out, the investigation also covered illegal activities of other unidentified police officers – the materials of the criminal case concerning them were severed.

The examination of the criminal case of Ilvir Sagitov and Radim Khairullin started on 1 November of last year at the Neftekamsky City Court of the Republic of Bashkortostan. 

“The judicial investigation is going on quite intensely, over ten hearings passed, in the course of which the materials of the case were examined and the majority of the fifty witnesses claimed by the parties were questioned, – lawyer with the Committee Against Torture Evgeny Litvinov, representing the interests of Vener Mardamshin, comments. – In the course of the last four hearings the police officers were interrogated, who not only deny the fact of crime but the mere apprehension of the victim on 10 November 2016, as well. In addition, the questioned witnesses among the Neftekamsk criminal investigations officers claimed they did not have such special equipment as handcuffs, whatsoever”.

Next court hearings will take place on the 7th and 28th of February.

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