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More Kazan policemen suspected of beating witness

Interfax, 12 May 2012

The Investigations department for the Kazan Kirovsky district of the Investigations Committee Investigations department for Tatarstan has opened a criminal case against unidentified policemen working for the Kazan Zarechensky police station.

The case has been opened on the basis of abuse of office involving violence (a crime enshrined by Russian Criminal Code Article 286), Andrei Sheptitsky, an aide to the head of the Investigations Committee Investigations department for Tatarstan, told Interfax on Saturday.

According to information possessed by the investigators, police officers working for the Zarechensky police station took a 32-year-old man with origins in the Caucasus, who was a witness in a fraud case, to a forest near the village of Yudino (a village in Kazan).

“The police officers beat the man, demanding that he give the evidence they wanted in the next questioning,” Sheptitsky said.

The witness did not give that evidence and was released, Sheptitsky said.

An investigation is underway.

According to earlier reports, several criminal cases involving Kazan police officers suspected or charged with illegal actions are now being investigated.

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