Vladivostok customs officers faced up suspended sentence for torture at beating testimony
Two former members of the Far Eastern Operational Customs were beating people, demanding a confession of drug smuggling
The court in Vladivostok found two former customs officers guilty of dislodging testimony with violence, reported the press service of the Far Eastern Investigation Department of the ICR on transport. Under article Abuse of Official Powers (items (a), (b), part 3 of Art. 286 of the Criminal Code) customs officers were sentenced to four years imprisonment and two years suspendence from work in law enforcement agencies.
According to investigators, in May 2013 the Deputy Chief and Acting Deputy Chief of the Department for Combating Drug Trafficking in Far Eastern Operational Customs brought two residents of Vladivostok in the department to give a confession of smuggling drugs at night. However, the man and the woman refused to obey. Then customs officers decided to use violence. A man, handcuffed, were inflicted numerous punches and kicks, as well as with use of 1,5 l bottle of water, because it did not leave visible traces of beatings. He was threatened with rape. Spouse of detainee was repeatedly hit on the head and threatened her with scissors. Victims were held in customs for seven hours.
For the unlawful use of violence and threats, persons, involved in the case, have got off with probation and have right to proceed with their previous service in two years.
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.