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High Commissioner assisted in objective investigation of criminal case

08 April 2016
High Commissioner assisted in objective investigation of criminal case

On 6 April, former commander of a military unit, Mr K., expressed his appreciation to the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Russia for thorough consideration of his petition. According to the complainant, with assistance of the High Commissioner his criminal case was returned to the investigator for reformulation and decreasing the amount of charges.

On 1 March 2016, citizen K. applied to the High Commissioner with a complaint against unlawful initiation of criminal proceedings by the Military Investigative Department of the Novosibirsk Garrison Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation in. The complainant was charged with abuse of power, but according to his own opinion, no undisputed evidence had been provided by the prosecution, and the proceedings were unilateral and lacked impartiality.

After an examination of the materials provided by the complainant, on 16 March the High Commissioner petitioned the Military Prosecutor of the Central Military District in protection of the complainant’s criminal proceedings rights violated at the stage of the preliminary investigation.

On 29 March, it became known that the Military Prosecutor of the Novosibirsk Garrison, in compliance with provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure, did not take the case forward  in the amount of charges it had been initiated and returned it to the investigators for an additional check.

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