The ECHR ordered Russia to pay compensation for torture in policeUncategorized May 2, 2017
KIEV. May 2. UNN. The European court of human rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg awarded to Russians Alexander Alisovo, Nikita Deniskina and Yuri Santova who complained of torture in police compensation in the amount of 95 thousand Euro. About this UNN reports citing the BBC.
The court’s decision concerned the complaints of three Russians, residents of the Sverdlovsk region and Orenburg submitted with regards to the unrelated incidents of violence to the police. They appealed to the ECHR in the period from 2009 to 2014.
“In all three cases the victims were detained on suspicion of a criminal offence, and for some time was kept by the police”, — stated in the reasoning part of the sentence.
The plaintiffs stated that the police they were beaten with fists, kicked, beaten, strangled and bound in positions that cause flour.
In all three cases, the detention was not documented, and the detainees themselves have provided the court with the examination of injuries, which, as the court ruled, could really be sustained during torture.
“These circumstances were sufficient to the plaintiffs ‘ complaint was considered valid. In such circumstances, the burden of proof falls on the state, which was to provide a convincing explanation and evidence that cast doubt on the version of the plaintiffs”, — stated in the reasoning part of the judgment.
However, in all three cases, the government did not, refusing to conduct an investigation against the accused police officers, who stated that the plaintiffs caused his injury themselves. Waivers were approved by the courts to local jurisdictions.
The ECHR drew attention to the fact that Russian courts have recognized unconfirmed and unconvincing evidence against the police.
Given the fact that the government did not provide evidence of innocence of the police, the court decided the case in favor of the plaintiffs, ruling that their relationship was breached article 3 of the European Convention for the protection of human rights.
In addition to the payment of 95 million euros the court ordered Russia to pay the expenses of 3 thousand Euro.
The court agreed with the applicants, who argued that Russian authorities had violated their relatives ‘ right to life (article 2 of the European Convention for the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms).
The Ministry of justice of Russia said it plans to appeal the decision.