European Court of Human Rights awarded 48,550 euro compensation for moral injury to Anton Shestopalov, the Russian resident of Nizhny Novgorod, in the case of tortures in police department. Law enforcement officers were securing false confessions by him, according to Russian BBC service.
The court has decided that Article 3 of European Convention on Human Rights (prohibition of torture) was violated against Shestopalov, according to interregional voluntary organization Committee Against Torture.
Anton Shestopalov was detained in May 2004 and was under 18 years at the time, suspected in raping a former classmate and taken to the police department. According to Shestopalov, he claimed that the committed rape after several hours of torture and beatings.
Shestopalov was diagnosed with brain injury, cerebral concussion, multiple bruises and abrasions.
A few days later, the victim gave written testimony saying that Shestopalov had nothing to do with crime and she has no complaints against him.
Criminal case was initiated regarding Shestopalov’s torture in 2006, however those responsible were not found.
The court of Nizhny Novgorod has awarded Shestopalov 806 euro as moral compensation and 1600 euro for ineffective investigation of torture claim.