Ten years in prison for confession under torture

2012 2012-12-07T13:16:23+0300 1970-01-01T03:00:00+0300 en

Pavel Plaksa from Minsk was sentenced to 10 years in a medium security penal colony.

The man was detained only because investigators supposed he might have been near the scene of crime. He “confessed” to theft and arson in the police department. Pavel's relatives say it was done under torture, Belsat TV reports.

Pavel Plaksa was detained on 30 May. His mother said investigators in the Leninski district police department had beaten him and pressed psychologically by threatening to his relatives. He confessed after three days of tortures.

His mother says policemen used “inhuman methods”, put a plastic bag over Pavel's head, beat him cruelly, jumped on his back as he was lying face down, etc. Plaksa's relatives say Pavel lost consciousness several times in the police department. An ambulance was called three times. Doctors indirectly confirm he was beaten. They confirmed he had bruises, couldn't move his arm and could hardly walk.

What happens in the Leninski district police department?

Complaints at torture and cruel treatment in the Leninski district police department were sent to all possible agencies both by the convicted man and his relatives. Watchman Vasil Sarochyk also companied at beating by policemen in the Leninski district police department. Police officers wanted him to confess to theft.

Human rights activists note that the Leninski district police department is notorious for using torture.

“There has been an absolute lawlessness there until recently. We know the stories of Pavel Plaksa and Vasil Sarochyk. We have information about other cases of beating people and initiating criminal procedures. People are scared. They are not ready to say about this in public,” says Andrei Bandarenka, the head of the “Platform” organization that collects information about torture in Belarusian jails and police stations.

Bandarenka notes that judges rarely turn attention to words of defendants, who say they had to confess under torture.

The Investigation Committee started a criminal case in connection with the beating of Vasil Sarochyk in the Leninski district police department.