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Ex-criminal investigations chief remains in custody in Kazan

August 17, 2012, 12:47 UTC+3
Rakhmatullin has become one of the eight ex-policemen of the “Dalniy” police department charged with violence against detained people
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KAZAN, Republic of Tatarstan, August 17 (Itar-Tass) — The Supreme Court of Tatarstan ruled on Friday that Ainur Rakhmatullin, the former head of the criminal investigations office of the Dalniy police department, should remain in custody, the court’s press service told Itar-Tass.

The Dalniy police department became notoriously famous early in March when its employees tortured detainee Sergei Nazarov to death, according to investigators. The inspection brought to light several other episodes of crimes committed by the former and present policemen.

Rakhamtullin is being accused of torturing a 22-year-old detainee, Oskar Krylov, suspected of theft. Krylov was brutally beaten during interrogation sessions in October 2011.

Rakhmatullin asked the court to change arrest for recognizance not to leave. He said he had a young child who depended on him and had no intention to be a fugitive from justice. However, the court left him in custody.

Rakhmatullin has become one of the eight ex-policemen of the “Dalniy” police department charged with violence against detained people. The other seven policemen include Fail Sabirzyanov, the former deputy department chief; Almaz Vasilov, the deputy head of the criminal investigation office; operations officers Ilnar Ibatullin, Amir Sharifullin, Denis Vasilyev and Ramil Akhmetzyanov. All of them are under arrest.

Ilgiz Akhmetyanov, the former head of the Dalniy department, has given a written pledge not to leave Kazan.

The court has already received materials on the former district police inspectors, Ramil Nigmetzyanov and Ilshat Garifullin charged with power abuse and forgery.

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