When Vasily Maklakov reported a robbery to the police a decade ago, he did not expect to become a victim of torture.
When he reported his abuse at the hands of officers of the law, he did not expect a battle for justice that would drag out over years and bring no redress.
Maklakov is one of the disturbing cases documented in a new report on torture in Kazakhstan by international human rights watchdog Amnesty International, released on March 3.
Amnesty’s study, Dead End Justice: Impunity for Torture in Kazakhstan, suggests that not only is torture rife in places of detention, but even when victims report abuse, the perpetrators usually get away with their crimes.
“The Kazakh system for investigating police abuses is so riddled with loop-holes and the protection of vested interests that torturers are able to act with virtual impunity,” said John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's Europe and Central Asia director.
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