Nizhny Novgorod policeman promised to plant drugs at beaten detainee if he does not give up on his testimony
Now the silovik became a defendant of the case over abuse of official powers.
In the Nizhny Novgorod region, the Head of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Vetluga police department, Anton Merlugov, came under investigation for threats to plant drugs at Vetluga resident Ivan Belov, who was the victim in the beating case in the department. The Committee Against Torture reports.
The law enforcement officer is charged with part 1 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers). According to human rights activists, Belov and another Vetluga resident Pavel Yakushev wrote a statement over beating by policemen during detention in April 2017.
Yakushev also said that he was taken to the department and beaten and tortured. Later, the doctors recorded numerous injuries.
In late April, a pre-investigation investigation began into the beating of detainees, but the investigators repeatedly refused to initiate proceedings.
In January of this year, two policemen, including the head of the local police department, Alexander Nazarov, who offered Belov to give up the claim, arrived at Belov's office. Belov refused, the same evening he was detained near the house on suspicion of possession of drugs.
During the inspection, nothing was found. After that, Merlugov told the detainee: "Did you understand that it was just a rehearsal? The next time everything will result in the arrest!"
Belov resigned and left the city, and his case was taken to the investigation department for the region. In March, the ICR initiated proceedings over police beatings under item (a), part 3 of Article 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers).
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