Call for investigation of torture22.11.2019
On 21 November, 2019, a video was leaked on the Internet, portraying four alleged policemen humiliating and torturing a citizen in a police administrative building․
Strictly condemning the incident, we call law enforcement bodies to take all necessary measures in order to establish the identities of the perpetrators and that of the victim, the circumstances of the crime (including time and causes), as well as to prosecute the torturers and restore the rights of the victim.
At the same time, we call on those responsible for the development of public policy in the field of criminal justice to implement appropriate legislative safeguards to prevent such incidents, particularly by:
- ensuring the alignment of legal regimes of “summoning and bringing suspected offenders to the police” with the legal regime of arrest;
- establishing the detainee’s refusal of a lawyer to be exclusively in the presence of a lawyer as an imperative requirement;
- ensuring a sufficient number of public defenders to effectively implement the regulation mentioned above.