In Bashkiria criminal proceedings have been instigated on the allegations of police abuse in respect of a police officer


02 September 2010

On September 1, 2010 the Oktyabrsky Interdistrict Investigation Department of the Investigation Administration of the Investigation Committee under the RF Prosecutor’s Office for Bashkiria opened a criminal case under cl. “a”, p. 3 art. 286 of the RF Criminal Code (abuse of office with violent treatment) in respect of officers of the Federal Drug Control Service Administration for the Republic of Bashkortostan.

   You may remember that on August 4, 2010 the Bashkirian representation of INGO “Committee Against Torture” received an application from A.V. Sadretdinov, O.R. Bayrashev and S.A. Andreyev living in the city of Oktyabrsky, Bashkiria, claiming that they had been abused by officers of the Bashkirian Directorate of the Russian Federal Drug Control Service. Lawyers of the Bashkirian representation began a public investigation. Preliminary estimates suggest violation of Article 3 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms (prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment) by the drug police. According to Artur Sadretdinov, officer of the RF Ministry of Internal Affairs, on July 21, 2010 he was detained by the drug police. He did not resist the detention, however one of the Federal Drug Control Service officers kicked him in the face (this fact is confirmed by the video of the arrest disseminated by the press-service of the Federal Drug Control Service Directorate for Bashkiria). Mr. Sadretdinov was taken to the Oktyabrsky Department of the Federal Drug Control Service Directorate for Bashkiria and beaten there, the beatings lasted several hours. The police wanted him to confess to drug marketing. Mr. Sadretdinov was set free the following day. Since July 23 till the present moment Mr. Sadretdinov has been in hospital, his diagnosis is craniocerebral injury, brain concussion, contusion of soft tissues of the face with bruises, closed neck bone fracture, nose bone fracture, traumatic eardrum rupture, contusion of the left knee joint. 

The Bashkirian representation of the Interregional Committee Against Torture will do its utmost to ensure effective investigation of the case and prosecution of those in charge of tortures.

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