MOSCOW (AP) — A military court in southern Russia has sentenced six police officers to prison terms of up to 10 years and given another a suspended sentence for several cases of torturing suspects, including one in which a 50-year-old man died.
The sentences were handed down Friday by a military garrison court.
Most of the officers sentenced worked for the police counter-extremism center in Ingushetia. Islamic extremism has persisted in the region since the Soviet Union’s collapse.
The Interfax news agency reported the cases included the 2016 beating of a man and his wife during questioning about a bank robbery. The man died from asphyxiation, the report said.
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The sentencing comes amid wide public concern after video was released last week of an inmate being tortured at a prison in central Russia.