Case No. 8516/08
Date of judgment: 17 January 2017

In January 2007 Sultan Barakhoyev, the applicant, was walking down the street with a friend in Kartsa (North Ossetia) when three cars pulled up and several men in plain clothes approached them. Mr Barakhoyev was immediately pushed into one of the cars, while his friend managed to escape. He was taken to the police department where he was repeatedly beaten, punched and kicked. The policemen also shouted insults and threats against the Ingush population, and put a plastic bag over his head. After the applicant lost consciousness, they poured cold water on him to revive him.

The police planted a grenade on Mr Barakhoyev and later charged him with illegal possession of firearms. A medical examination of the applicant, conducted the day after his release, confirmed multiple bruises on his body. On 19 February 2007, the investigation into Mr Barakhoyev’s allegations of ill-treatment commenced, but was subsequently suspended and re-opened on several occasions. This investigation is still pending.

Mr Barakhoyev and, after his death, his mother, were represented before the ECtHR by EHRAC and Memorial Human Rights Centre.

Read the full case summary in the Summer 2017 Bulletin.