Officers of the OMON from Sochi will remain in custody


14 June 2007

The Krasnodar Regional Court has upheld the decision of the Lazarevsky District Court to keep in custody two officers of the Sochi OMON (special police force), who beat holiday-makers in the Druzhba camp last summer, until the legal proceedings are over.

    You may remember that defence lawyers of two officers of the Sochi OMON made personal complaints for their clients requesting a commutation of the judicial restraint from custody to a written undertaking not to leave the place of the trial.

    In early April the Lazarevsky District Court (Krasnodar region), where the hearings under the criminal case are held, remitted the case to the prosecutor’s office for remedying the defects in the bill of indictment. As Mr. Shakhovalov, the representative of the victims, had observed “the bill of indictment did not state what kind of cruel treatment the policemen had used against the victims”.  

You may remember that in human rights activists from the Public Verdict Foundation, the NN Committee Against Torture, the Interregional Organization Mothers for the Protection of Rights of Suspects, Prisoners and Convicts (Krasnodar) and the Yoshkar-Ola City Organization “Man and Law” created a combined mobile group which carried out a public investigation into the event

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