ECHR to consider complaint of widow whose husband died after 10-hour-torture by police

ECHR to consider complaint of widow whose husband died after 10-hour-torture by police
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Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.⁠

The European Court of Human Rights registered Larisa Saburova's complaint against the actions of Naberezhnye Chelny police officers, as a result of which, in her opinion, her 39-year-old spouse Konstantin Saburov died, the human rights organization Zona Prava reports with reference to Saburova’s lawyer Igor Sholokhov.

Saburova believes that the Russian authorities violated articles 2 and 5 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms, guaranteeing the right to life, as well as the right to freedom and personal inviolability.

Saburova's husband was detained on the night of 17 to 18 September and taken to the Komsomolsky police department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the city of Naberezhnye Chelny. The police justified the detention because the man, in their opinion, was in a state of drug intoxication.

Police officers claimed that the detainee refused to have a medical examination. At the same time, they also said that the man could not speak, but "only mumbled and shook his head." The police did not call an ambulance, but drafted a protocol on the administrative offense against him and left him in the cell.

The detainee spent about ten hours in the police department, after which he was hospitalized. September 22, the man died in the hospital. The cause of death was a closed craniocerebral injury, complicated by swelling of the brain and hemorrhage into its ventricles. At the same time forensic expert found no traces of drugs in the blood.

After the death of the man, the investigation instituted proceedings under part 4 of Article 111 of the Criminal Code (Deliberate Infliction of Grave Harm to Health, which resulted in the death of the victim), but later it was terminated. The investigators decided that, seven hours before the detention, Saburov, by carelessness, fell face down and hit his head against the concrete floor.

The ICR also twice refused to initiate a case of Negligence (part 2 of Article 293 of the Criminal Code). The investigator considered that the policemen were not to blame for not providing the necessary medical assistance to the man, because the detainee did not ask for them. The forensic experts, in turn, concluded that the man could survive with timely assistance.

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