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Russia cop jailed for suspect rape death

2012-09-25 22:46

Moscow - A Russian court on Tuesday jailed two policemen involved in the detention death of a suspect who was sodomised with a bottle in a case that sparked national outrage.

A district court in the Volga River region of Kazan sentenced the two duty officers to two and 2.5 years for "exceeding official powers" in the 9 March incident, Russian news agencies reported.

The case created a furore in the state-controlled media and dealt a blow to the Kremlin's promises to make police reform a chief priority.

The Russian authorities have since created a special police crimes unit that has received tens of thousands of complaints from citizens and several reports of similar cases.

The suspect at the Dalny police station in Kazan died of his injuries after being raped by a champagne bottle during questioning. He had been detained during a theft investigation and had denied all charges before his death.