DUSHANBE -- A Dushanbe court has ordered the Tajik Interior Ministry to pay compensation to the widow of a suspect who died after he was allegedly beaten by police.
Safarali Sangov, 37, died after he was arrested on drug-related charges in March 2011.
Police initially said Sangov injured himself while trying to commit suicide.
Sangov's relatives insisted he had been severely beaten while in custody.
A public outcry led to the arrest of two police officers, who were charged with negligence leading to Sangov's death.
Both policemen were freed under a general amnesty decree in October 2012 before a trial could take place.
Sangov’s family lawyer, Gulchehra Holmatova, told RFE/RL that on March 15 Dushanbe's Sino District Court ordered the Interior Ministry to pay 46,500 somonis ($10,000) to Sangov's widow.