The Solnechnogorskiy City Court of the Moscow region continues to examine a criminal case against three investigative officers of the Police Department of the Solnechnogorsky District Stanislav Deikun, Andrey Chernyshev and Vladimir Gordeyev. They are charged with 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»). In the course of yesterday’s court session State Prosecutor Anna Yevchenko demanded to declare the defendants guilty and sentence Deikun and Chernyshev to nine years of prison term each and Gordeyev – to nine years and three months in a maximum security penal colony.
(Photo: brother of the deceased Ilkhom Alikhonov and lawyer of the Committee for Prevention of Torture Dmitry Piskounov)
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. In the course of the yesterday’s court session State Prosecutor Anna Yevchenko spoke, who 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 of prison term in a maximum security penal colony.
Another court session at which lawyer of the Committee for Prevention of Torture Sergey Babinets, representing the interests of Ilkhom Alikhonov (brother of the deceased), who is named as a victim in this case, and the defendants’ lawyers will speak, is scheduled for 2 June. As we have previously reported, the court session is performed in a closed mode.