Tatarstan Supreme Court upheld suspended sentence of MIA officer who tortured detained with stun gun

Tatarstan Supreme Court upheld suspended sentence of MIA officer who tortured detained with stun gun

The Tatarstan Supreme Court upheld the verdict of the Almetyevsk district Department of Internal Affairs employee Aydar Salmanov convicted in October 2016 to five years of imprisonment.⁠

Earlier, the Almetyevsk City Court found Salmanov guilty under part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code (Exceeding Official Powers with violence) and sentenced him to 5 years of suspended imprisonment.

According to the verdict, the Department of Internal Affairs employee brutally tortured 26-year resident of Bashkiria Dinar Avzalov suspected of theft with stun gun. The victim tried to appeal so lenient, in his view, punishment to his tormentor, but the former police officer also filed an appeal asking for a complete justification.

Kommersant writes that having considered the appeals of both the Highest Court upheld the conviction.

Meanwhile, human rights activist from the organization Zona Prava Andrey Suchkov says that this practice with too lenient sentences to law enforcement officials for the torture of detainees is extremely dangerous. The lawyer notes that the suspended sentence for the torture might cause a sense of police impunity in practicing physical measures of influence to the citizens. Suchkov says that Avzalov’s protection intends to sue the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia on compensation of moral harm to the victim.

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