Five Russian policemen sentenced for teen’s death during questioning
MOSCOW, November 14 (RAPSI) – The Supreme Court of Russia’s Republic of Buryatia ordered five police officers for terms ranging from 3 to 8 years as part of a case over tortures and death of a 17-year-old teenager, attorney Roman Sukachev told RAPSI on Thursday.
However, one of them received a suspended sentence.
According to the court ruling, deceased Nikita Kobelev and his friend were suspected of stealing bicycles. During interrogation, police officers beat the suspects in order to receive their confession. Kobelev died from mechanical asphyxia, the lawyer said.
The police officers were found guilty of abuse of authority with the use of force and special tools; one of them was convicted of a similar count that resulted in grave consequences.
One of the defendants was fired from police in 2016. Others were suspended from duties and would be dismissed if the sentence comes into force.