Russian Police Officer Jailed for Torture

MOSCOW, November 2 (RIA Novosti) – A police officer from the Russian republic of North Ossetia has been jailed on torture charges after using electric shocks to try to force a suspect to confess, investigators said on Friday.

Investigators said Soslan Dzagoyev, a 29-year-old officer, first tied up and beat the suspect before turning to electric shocks in an attempt to force him to confess to unspecified “serious crimes.”

Dzagoyev was jailed for 3.5 years.

Another officer is being sought by police in connection with the attack, which took place in North Ossetia’s capital, Vladikavkaz.

Russian police, despite much-heralded reforms last year, often face accusations of torture.

In a high-profile case this March, two officers from Kazan, the capital of Russia’s republic of Tatarstan, were jailed for 2.5 years each over the death of a man alleged to have died after police sodomized him with a champagne bottle. The officers were charged with illegally detaining the victim. Four other officers are still to face murder charges.


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