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A convict suffering from a mental illness subjected to violence in penitentiary, a criminal case instituted
2015-05-12

HR ombudsman informed by a letter addressed to RA Special Investigation Service that a convict of “Nubarashen” penitentiary had submitted an application on the fact that on April 18 and 20 the officials of the same penitentiary beat him in consequence of which he received bodily injuries in the area of the head.
In the mentioned application the convict, who suffers from a mental illness and is recognized partially sane, informed that on April 18 of 2015 at about 10:00pm. the doctor-neuropsychologist of the mentioned penitentiary together with several other employees took him to a separate room, swore at him, pushed, dragged him and threw on the floor, beat him and against his will injected a psychotropic drug. Besides, on April 21, 2015 the officials of the mentioned penitentiary used physical abuse towards him.
On the incident a criminal case has been instituted in RA Special Investigation Service by features of part 2, Article 309 of RA Criminal Code.
Preliminary investigation is carried out.

Note: The suspect or the accused of the alleged offence is deemed innocent unless his or her innocence is proved by virtue of the effective court verdict in the manner prescribed by the Criminal Procedure Code of the Republic of Armenia.