Arrested police officers accuse FSB officials of tortures and case fabrication
One of the operatives claims that the security officers beat him with a stun gun so long that the device ran out of battery.
Tosnensky District Court in Leningrad Oblast had preliminary hearings of the case against four police officers and a local. They are accused of fabrication of a case of possession of drugs. The law enforcement officers plead not guilty. They claim that the confessions were extracted by the special forces of FSB Grad of the Federal Security Service who took part in the detention. According to MediaZone, one of the defendants stated that the security officers beat him with a stun gun so long that the device ran out of battery.
Police officers of MIA in Tosnensky District were detained in spring and summer last year. Among the detained were the head of the criminal investigation department dealing with property crimes Mayor Ilya Shchukin. In his words, the security officers beat him with a stun gun to his groin and crotch. The head of the criminal investigation claims that the torture lasted for one and a half hour.
Signs of torture on Laslov’s body
The operative of the criminal investigation department dealing with crimes against persons Lt. Sergey Laslov was detained on suspicion of falsification of evidence (article 303 of the Criminal Code). Laslov was taken to a garage and was tortured to admit to the offence. The security officers also asked him where the drugs in the Police Division are kept. When he said once again that he knows nothing, one of the Grad officers pushed his head down and started beating him with his free hand, including beating with a stun gun to his groin.“They acted according to the criminal principles. They tried to shove it up his ass and beat him to his groin, because the criminal principles imply that you should humiliate a person. Everything related to genitals means humiliation. I was outraged by the fact that the FSB officers acted like this! It would have been fine, if they had been cops and he had been a knave-in-grain-criminal. The officers should not act like this!” Laslov’s lawyer Kirill Moskalev is puzzled about the situation.
In MIA’s lieutenant’s words, the tortures lasted for more than two hours. One of the stun guns ran out of battery during this time. Then, the FSB official was given another bigger one. Eventually, Laslov agreed to testify as they need, and he was taken to Federal Security Service department to document his words.
As a result, the defendants in the case are Shchukin, Laslov, a former operative of FSB department in the district Ruslan Ritter, a police driver Sergey Elkov and a local Aleksey Bespalov. They are all accused of possession of drugs on an especially large scale (item 3 of article 33, items 4 b, g of article 228.1 of the Criminal Code), falsification of evidence (item 3 of article 33, item 4 of article 228.1 of the Criminal Code), abuse of authority (item 3 c of article 286), acceptance of a bribe (items 5, a, b, c of article 290), swindling (item 4 of article 159) and theft (items 2, a, b, c of article 158). The fifth defendant in the case Bespalov, a resident of Tosninsky district, is accused of theft only - he is already serving his sentence for possession of drugs. Of all the officials who were convicted, only two police officers who shared the information about the torture plead not guilty.
The special services officers deny the torture.
As for the Investigative Committee of Russia, the investigation refused to open a criminal case related to the abuse of authority. The document states that the injuries “are not specific to hitting with a stun gun and could be caused by combing.”
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