Mardiros Demerchyan with his wife. Photo by Svetlana Kravchenko for the "Caucasian Knot"

25 January 2017, 19:57

"Public Verdict" associates Mardiros Demerchyan's case with Russia's failure to observe recommendations of UN Committee against Torture

The "Public Verdict" Foundation has included the case against Sochi builder Mardiros Demerchyan, accused of false denunciation for his report of torture at police, in the list of trials, proving that Russia has not solved the problem of torture and failed to observe the UN recommendations issued in 2012.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on June 12, 2013, Mardiros Demerchyan, a builder of Olympic facilities, was detained, and the other day, he was brought from police station to a hospital. Mardiros Demerchyan claims that law enforcers brutally tortured him, including putting a bar into his anus. At the recent court session, proctologist Marina Strabylina reported that her signature under the protocol had been forged.

According to Oleg Novikov, a staff member of the "Public Verdict" Foundation, the Russian side was to present to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) the information on the Mardiros Demerchyan's case till January 2017, and the deadline already expired.

Today, the court has held a regular session on the Mardiros Demerchyan's case, and it has been attended by Ilya Shatin, a staff member of the "Public Verdict" Foundation. He has reported that the Foundation carries out an action devoted to the 30th anniversary of the ratification of the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Svetlana Kravchenko; Source: CK correspondent

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