Saratov prison officers suspected of beating inmate to death

Russian investigators have detained two officers of the penal colony No. 13 where a few days ago, a prisoner had been beaten to death.

Russian investigators have detained two officers of the penal colony No. 13 where a few days ago, a prisoner had been beaten to death.

The two were detained in the town of Engels, Saratov region, the press service of the Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee's branch for Saratov region said on July 28.

"A criminal case has been opened against the detainees suspected of abuse of office," the statement said.

This criminal case has been combined with a case opened earlier under the Russian Criminal Code for "inflicting serious resulting in death by negligence."

On July 16, a 54-year old man serving his term after being convicted of murder had been transferred from the remand prison (SIZO) to the Penal Colony IK N13 in Saratov.

"On the same day, two officers working at the penal colony used violence against the transferred man," the Investigations Department of the Investigative Committee said.

It was earlier reported that, according to forensic medical examination data, the death of the man was caused by "concomitant bodily trauma with multiple internal injuries."

It emerged that, on July 16, one of the prisoners of the same penal colony sentenced for robbery, filed a statement with his acknowledgement of guilt. He said that he had beaten the injured person to death during a conflict that broke out between them.

Meanwhile, the investigators questioned this version of events and decided to check other possible versions. Among others, there was a version including possible participation of the colony workers in beating the inmate.

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