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Russia: ECtHR judgments

last updated May 07, 2012

In two judgments against Russia last week, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruled in favour of the applicants who were exposed to torture and ill-treatment while they were held in police custody.

Valentin Nitsov who was held in custody by police on suspicion of the attempted murder of a policeman alleged that he had been ill-treated by the police out of revenge and was therefore tortured for several hours. The ECtHR determined a violation of article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

The second applicant, Valery Salikhov, who was suspected of having committed rape complaint that, police officers had beaten him with truncheons during the interrogations, forcibly removed his underwear and cut his fingernails in order to obtain evidence. In addition, he complained when taken to a hearing that he had been “presented to the judge bloody, barefoot, wet and dirty”. The ECtHR also determined a violation of article 3. Furthermore there is a breach of Article 6 §§ 1 and 3 (d) because he wasn’t able to examine in open court the key witnesses against him.

ECtHR: Press Release