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SK to form special unit to investigate criminal cases vs police

March 28, 2012, 13:00 UTC+3

The society has been discussing broadly the torture cases against the detainees by police

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MOSCOW, March 28 (Itar-Tass) —— Chairman of the Russian Investigation Committee (SK) Alexander Bastrykin instructed to work on the creation of a separate unit in the Investigation Committee, which will be specialized in the investigation of criminal cases against police, spokesman for the Russian Investigation Committee Vladimir Markin told Itar-Tass on Wednesday.

“Over the address to the chairman of the Investigation Committee from several human rights organizations that was posted in the Internet Bastrykin instructed to work on the creation in the Investigation Committee a special unit, which will be specialized in the investigation of pleas against law enforcers and criminal cases against policemen and officials of other law enforcement agencies,” Markin said.

In an open address representatives of human rights organizations asked Bastryking to form a special unit in the Investigation Committee to investigate only the cases against officers of the Interior Ministry, the Russian drug watchdog and the Federal Penitentiary Service.

“According to the results of Bastrykin’s instructions some proposals will be made for the most optimal structure and the creation of the special unit,” Bastrykin concluded.

The society has been discussing broadly the torture cases against the detainees by police.

On Tuesday along, the Investigation Committee reported about several beating cases of the detainees by the police, meanwhile, all of them beat confessions from the detainees in the crimes they did not commit.

For instance, officers of the criminal investigation department in the Voronezh Region Valery Mochalov, 32, and Alexander Novikov, 38, beat up three people to make them give confessions in the crimes they did not commit at an office of the police in the Buturlinovsky municipal district. The detectives requested to put Mochalov and Novikov in custody, but the court ruled to put them under home arrest. “The detectives intend to initiate an appeal according to the law,” Markin said.

Meanwhile, the investigation is about to end in the criminal case against the former head of the district criminal police search department in the Voronezh Region, Viktor Bykov, who beat up two people in his office in Borisoglebsk in May 2011.

The similar criminal case was opened against two policemen in the Kirov Region, but the crime was committed last November, when the suspects “beat up a man for confessing testimony.”

In the Kemerovo Region two policemen from the Anzhero-Sudzhensk municipal police department were charged with abuse of power with the use of violence and heavy consequences and an acquaintance of the police was accused of murder. A 25-year-old man was found with the traces of violent death on the Anzhero-Sudzhensk highway on December 7, 2011. The detectives found that the police can be involved in this crime. All three suspects were arrested, the investigation continues.

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