Russian dies in custody after bottle rape

2012-03-12 22:38

Moscow - Russia's scandal-hit police force was reeling from a new controversy on Monday after a man died in detention of a ruptured intestine after allegedly being raped by officers with a champagne bottle.

Sergei Nazarov, 52, a resident of the city of Kazan in the mostly Muslim central region of Tatarstan, complained of abdominal pain after being detained by police on suspicion of theft on Friday.

He received a pain-relieving injection in the evening but was admitted to hospital the next day after being diagnosed with ruptured intestines, regional police said.

"He underwent surgery, after which he slipped into a coma and died without gaining consciousness," police said in a statement.

Regional interior minister Asgat Safarov on Monday called an emergency meeting, saying that all those found guilty of Nazarov's death would be severely punished.

All four senior officers at the Dalny police station in Kazan where the incident took place, including its chief, have now been sacked over a lack of trust, the regional interior ministry said in a statement.

A spokesperson for investigators in Tatarstan said a probe into the incident was currently under way, saying Nazarov's relatives insisted he was raped while in custody.

Dmitry Kolbasin, head of the Agora inter-regional rights organisation, said the man had told his family about his ordeal before his death.

Champagne bottle

He "managed to say before he died that police officers in the Dalny police department had raped him with a champagne bottle," Kolbasin wrote on his page on LiveJournal.

Police claimed that Nazarov was drunk at the moment of his arrest while his brother-in-law Shamil told the Interfax news agency he was sober and was detained on his way to a shop.

"It's unclear what kind of hooliganism for which he was detained they are talking about," the man was quoted as saying.

With the controversy gaining steam, the Agora rights organisation and the Kazan Rights Centre formally asked President Dmitry Medvedev to relieve the Tatarstan police chief Safarov of his duties.

Russia's police have faced a series of scandals in recent years, including the killing of two people by an off-duty officer in a Moscow supermarket in 2009 as well as the repeated beating of a protester by a police officer in Saint Petersburg in 2010.

Read more on:    russia
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
26 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

Joburg hot spots for cocktails, craft beer, tapas and wine!

It’s the season to be jolly – so we’ve rounded up some new Joburg hot spots!

 
 

I love summer.24

Summer Survey!
Great ideas for the best summer sandwiches!
Christmas lingerie to make this festive season the best one ever!
13 things you might not know about Disneyland

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

The energy today is serious, materialistic and hardworking. You may find you get a new outlook on things and you may want to spend...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.