Investigative Committee initiates case against SWAT officers who beat foreigners in temporary detention center
According to the Public Monitoring Committee, as a result of the incident, 13 people were injured.
The Investigative Committee for Tomsk initiated a criminal case on the abuse of office with the use of violence (item a, part 3 of Art. 286 of the Russian Criminal Code) after a few foreigners were beaten in a temporary detention center for foreign citizens by SWAT soldiers, the press service of the department reports. According to investigators, on April 12, the police officers and the National Guard, during the go-around in the center’s premises beat four people.
According to member of the Public Monitoring Committee Aleksander Paltusov, as a result of the incident, 13 people were injured. Human rights defenders have information that the head of the center himself was present at the scene of the crime, but he refused to give any comments.
Several victims had abrasions and bruises on their faces, one had broken ribs, and one of the victims had an abdominal trauma. They were beaten with hands and feet, laying faces down on the floor, someone even stood on their backs, the press service of the regional human rights commissioner Yelena Kartashova reported to publication Taiga.Info.
A member of the Public Monitoring Committee said that one person was dipped into the toilet for trying to resist.
Previously, the regional department of the Russian MIA denied the fact of the beating. The management of the National Guard in the region conducts its own check.