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Russian fans detained in France may stay in custody for up to 48 hours — diplomat

June 14, 20:48 UTC+3 PARIS
Russian fans have been detained in France for identification procedures
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PARIS, June 14. /TASS/. Russian fans who have been detained in France for identification procedures may stay in custody for up to 48 hours, the Russian Consul General in Marseilles, Daniil Boltaks said.

"On a decision of the Prosecutor of Marseilles, all the 43 fans detained earlier for personality identification have been put to custody for investigative actions," he said. "Under French law, a detainee can be kept in custody for up to 48 hours."

Boltaks also said the French police did not have to use force during detention of the fans.

"The policemen who came to the scene had an instruction to use force if the fans disobeyed but, luckily, interference of the consular staff made it possible to resolve the situation without the use of force although some of the fans refused to show their documents to representatives of the French authorities."

A demand to show personal identity documents to the police is legitimage in France.

Boltaks indicated that investigative actions against Russian fans had been ordered after a sharp deterioration of the bodily condition of a British fan hospitalized after Saturday's rampage at the Russia-England game at the Stade Velodrome stadium in Marseilles.

"Investigative actions will be done today and identification procedures will be held, as the condition of the British fan has deteriorated sharply.".

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