Mikhail Fedotov: The amnesty should not apply to police officers charged with torture

posted 14 Dec 2013, 09:29 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 14 Dec 2013, 09:41 ]
11 December 2013

Source: HRO.org (info)
“The list of offenses which should be excluded from the amnesty could be extended to take in crimes of violence. I have in mind Article 302, Section 2 (extorting confessions through the use of torture). We have signed the Convention Against Torture, so we can hardly be lenient to such crimes,” Fedotov remarked.

The chair of the Human Rights Council also stated that the amnesty should not apply to Article 286, Section 3, (exceeding official authority) or to Article 285, Section 3, (abuse of authority resulting in grave consequences) as reported by Zaks.ru, citing ITAR-TASS.

On 10 December members of the Human Rights Council Pavel Chikov (head of Agora Human Rights Association) and Igor Kalyapin (head of the Committee against Torture) argued against the application of the amnesty for police officers convicted under Article 286 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (exceeding authority). In particular, the human rights defenders remarked that in most cases offences that qualify under this Article have been committed by police officers against individuals under investigation, and also by military officers against lower ranking soldiers.

Translated by Eva Cukier