MOSCOW, November 19 (Itar-Tass) — A traffic police inspector, suspected of kidnapping and extortion has been detained in Moscow, the press centre of the Russian Interior Ministry (MVD) told Itar-Tass.
The ministry specified that the detention was made by officers of the Moscow criminal investigation department (MUR) jointly with the internal affairs unit of the MVD department for the South-Western Administrative District on November 14, but until Monday was not reported in the interests of the investigation.
“The investigation bodies opened a criminal case against the detained under Article 126 of the RF Criminal Code – “Kidnapping.” The investigative actions with the suspect continue,” the press centre reported.
According to preliminary data, the traffic police inspector of the MVD department for the South-Western Administrative District in the rank of police major, being off duty with an accomplice kidnapped a man in Sinelnikov Street. The police officer beaten the victim up and forcibly drove him by car to a private garage in Ostrovityanova Street. There he demanded that the man return him a debt in the amount of 878 thousand roubles and locked him up in the basement of the garage.
“The victim managed to break free independently, after which he turned to the police,” the Interior Ministry said, adding that “the search for the accomplice in the crime continues.”
The press service of the main MVD department for Moscow reported that the in-house probe is currently underway, after which the detained officer will be dismissed from the police force for misconduct. “The immediate superiors of the officers were brought to disciplinary responsibility. Chief of the duty shift of traffic policemen of the South-Western Administrative District police department was suspended for the period of the official investigation,” the MVD main department for Moscow said.