Tajikistan, Stop Torturing Detainees – Amnesty
Police in Vakhdat, Tajikistan, detained Tagoibek Sharifbekov last month, suspecting he’d stolen a cell phone. They were eager for a confession, Amnesty International reports: “Allegedly, electric shocks were applied to his fingers, and his head was submerged into a sink filled with water for two hours, with breaks so he did not suffocate, and he was kicked in the chest.”
Reportedly, in the evening that day Tagoibek Sharifbekov was released, but his two passports were confiscated, and he was told to bring 1,700 somoni (350 USD) to the police station the following day. The victim of the theft allegedly told police that Tagoibek Sharifbekov was not guilty. A medical examination carried out on Tagoibek Sharifbekov on 10 April concluded that his injuries could have been caused by a hard, blunt object and that bruises and abrasions may have been caused by electric shocks.
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