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Human rights authority urges probe into reported torture of Nemtsov murder suspects

March 11, 2015, 11:59 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The appeal came after Andrey Babushkin visited the suspects in custody and said they had numerous bodily injuries

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MOSCOW, 11 March. /TASS/. The head of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights’ commission urged the authorized agencies to check reports saying suspects in the murder of opposition politician Boris Nemtsov could have been tortured.

Andrey Babushkin’s statement posted on the council’s website was addressed to the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office and the Investigative Committee.

Andrey Babushkin also asked the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service to "ensure the safety" of Zaur Dadayev, Anzor Gubashev and Shagid Gubashev charged with the murder of Boris Nemtsov on February 27.

The appeal came after Babushkin visited the suspects in custody on Tuesday. He said Dadayev had numerous bodily injuries, while Anzor Gubashev had scratch marks on the nasal bridge, wrists and legs.

"He received this bodily harm after being detained," the head of the commission said.

Reports claiming that the three suspects held over the killing of Boris Nemtsov have been beaten cannot be yet confirmed, the chairman of the Moscow Public Monitoring Commission, Anton Tsvetkov, said on Tuesday.

"We are carefully checking into this information," he said in comments on media reports saying members of the Pubic Monitoring Commission found "traces of torture and beating" on their bodies.

The information that they were beaten is not yet confirmed," said Tsvetkov, who is also a member of the Russian Civic Chamber.

The commission had no official position on this, and there was only the opinion of some of its members, he said in comments to the reports that the commission has prepared a statement to be sent to the Russian law enforcement bodies.

Tsvetkov did not rule out that he could personally meet with the suspects on Wednesday to check the reports.

Moscow’s Basmanny Court has arrested five people in connection with the murder of Nemtsov, who was gunned down in downtown Moscow on February 27. Two of them — Zaur Dadaev and Anzor Gubashev — have been formally charged with the killing. The three other suspects are Khamzad Bakhayev, Tamerlan Eskerkhanov and Shagid Gubashev.

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