The sentence of three police officers who beat a native of Tajikistan to death is announced

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15 June 2016

Today judge of the Solnechnogorskiy City Court of the Moscow region Stanislav Chepik has brought in the verdict of guilty for three criminal investigative officers of the Police Department of the Solnechnogorsky District Stanislav Deikun, Andrey Chernyshev and Vladimir Gordeyev. They are declared guilty of committing the crimes under part 4 Article 111 of the Criminal Code of Russia («inflicting grave bodily harm leading to the death by negligence») and items «а, b, c» of part 3 Article 286 of the Criminal Code of Russia («abuse of office using violence, weapons or special equipment, which inflicted grave consequences»). Deikun and Chernyshev are sentenced to seven years and four months of prison term, Gordeyev – to seven years and six months of prison term, serving the sentence in a maximum security penal colony.

As we have previously reported, on 26 September a Moscow-area resident Ilkhom Alikhonov applied to the Committee Against Torture for legal support. He told the human rights defenders that in the evening of 17 September when he returned home; his brother Farrukh Urozov was asleep. In ten minutes time several Patrol-and-Guard Service officers entered his home together with the brothers’ neighbor.

According to Ilkhom, having applied physical violence, the police officers woke up his brother, handcuffed him and took him to the police department. As Ilkhom learned later, Farrukh was detained upon suspicion of using violence against six-year-old daughter of their neighbor.

Ilkhom explained that after a while police officers came up to his house again and this time they took him together with his mate Firdavs Sattorov to the same police department. There Alikhonov heard the loud cries of his brother, who was in one of the office rooms. For some time he even managed to see Farrukh through a cracked door: the brother was sitting on the floor with hands tied, a lot of bruises and scratches were clearly seen on his face, there was blood on the floor.

Early in the morning of 18 September Ilkhom and Firdavs were released from the police department. Several hours later they learned that Farrukh Urozov died.

According to the forensic medical examination Urozov’s body and limbs were hit over 75 times. In the course of the battery 12 ribs were broken. Mr Urozov died of multiple traumas and strangulation.

Criminal case with regard to the fact of Urozov’s death was immediately initiated; one of the police officers was detained and arrested. In the course of investigation the involvement of two other Criminal Investigations Department officers in Urozov’s death was established: later on they were also arrested and put into the pre-trial detention facility.

On 19 January of this year the Solnechnogorskiy City Court of the Moscow region started examination of the criminal case on its merits. As we have previously reported, State Prosecutor Anna Yevchenko considered the guilt of the defenders to be proven and demanded to sentence Deikun and Chernyshev to nine years of prison term each, Gordeyev – nine years and three months of prison term in a maximum security penal colony.

Today judge of the Solnechnogorskiy City Court of the Moscow region Stanislav Chepik has brought in a verdict of guilty for the three officers.  Deikun and Chernyshev are sentenced to seven years and four months of prison term, Gordeyev – to seven years and six months of prison term, serving the sentence in a maximum security penal colony.

«This has been the first sentence which was passed in the case where our Moscow lawyers performed a public investigation and participated as the victim’s representatives. After the verdict has entered into legal force we shall file a lawsuit for compensation of moral damage inflicted by criminal actions of the convicts to victim Ilkhom Alikhonov», – lawyer of the Committee for Prevention of Torture Sergey Babinets pointed out.