New defendant in case on torture in Nizhnekamsk police
Rinat Akhmetshin, Head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Nizhnekamsk Department of Internal Affairs, is suspected of torturing Nikolay Udiryakov and Vladimir Timofeev. The policeman demanded them to take the blame for bringing 22-year-old Ilnaz Pirkin to suicide.
The Nizhnekamsk City court sent Rinat Akhmetshin, Head of the Organized Crime Investigation Division (OBOP) of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Nizhnekamsk Department of Internal Affairs (UVD), to the detention center for a month and 11 days, on suspicion of Exceeding Official Powers with the use of violence (item (a), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code). This is reported by Business Online.
According to investigators, Akhmetshin kept Nikolay Udiryakov and Vladimir Timofeev in the police department for several hours from 25 to 26 October, beating them and demanding to take the blame for bringing Ilnaz Pirkin to suicide.
Udiryakov is the owner of the audio system that Pirkin stole. After the theft, the young man was detained and interrogated for a long time in the Nizhnekamsk police department, being demanded confession in 47 automobile thefts. When Pirkin was released from the police station, he went to the outskirts of the city, where he recorded a video about torture in the police department and jumped off the roof of a high-rise building.
After the suicide of Pirkin, sources in the Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) of Tatarstan disseminated information in the media that Pirkin was beaten and 'put on the counter' by members of the local organized crime group, which was the reason for his suicide. However, Udiryakov and Timofeev told the prosecutor that Pirkin had returned the audio system and promised to pay for the damage. Udiryakov stressed that the conflict had been settled.
On October 25, Udiryakov and Timofeeva were rounded up by civilians who identified themselves as officers of the CID. They were taken to the police station, where they were beaten, being demanded to confess that they had taken Ilnaz Pirkin to the forest and threatened him with murder. They were released from the department only after they had signed all the necessary papers.
Defense of Akhmetshin noted that on October 25, the UVD was checked. The department was attended by auditors from Kazan, which, according to the lawyer, could impede the use of force in relation to Timofeev and Udiryakov. Akhmetshin himself emphasized that he had interrogated the victims on the orders of the Head of the police of the MIA department for Nizhnekamsk district Aynur Kamalov and had not committed any unlawful actions against them. He added that he had not hidden from the investigation, as he did not consider himself guilty.
Akhmetshin asked to change his measure of restraint for house arrest or a written undertaking not to leave the place. He argued that he had two underage children with whom he needed to "be around." However, the court upheld the decision to arrest him unchanged.
The case of Ilnaz Pirkin's suicide also involves employees of the Nizhnekamsk UVD Gadel' Rakhimov, Igor Filinov and Nail' Mindubaev. On October 27, the City court of Nizhnekamsk sent them under arrest for two months. On November 15, it became known that the incident provoked the ouster of the Head of the MIA department for Nizhnekamsk district.
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