Another Nizhny Novgorod citizen battered by the police seeks justice in the European Court


28 May 2009

 The Nizhny Novgorod investigation authorities go on with their favourite trend of non-professionalism and sabotage forcing more and more citizens to fight against the police iniquity in Europe.

Today specialists of the Committee against Torture have filed another complaint with the European Court of human rights, this time in the interests of Sergey Gorschuk abused by officers of the Kanavinsky district Directorate of the Interior in Nizhny Novgorod.  

Having conducted a public investigation, the Committee against Torture found out that the man had been detained by the police in autumn 2007, taken to the Directorate of the Interior where by means of brutal long-term tortures the police had tried to force Mr. Gorschuk to confess to a murder. Later doctors examined Sergey and documented multiple injuries – abrasions, bruises and oedemata.

Sergey Gorschuk many times applied to the investigation authorities and obtained three refusals to open criminal proceedings on the allegations of police abuse. Lawyers of the Committee against Torture appealed against the refusals to courts, but all appeals were dismissed.

The Committee against Torture has all grounds to claim that the police violated article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (prohibition of torture) in respect of Mr. Gorschuk

Lack of an effective official investigation into the incident reveals violation of article 13 of the Convention (i.e. Sergey Gorschuk was deprived of the right to an effective investigation).

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