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Date Set For Police Torture Trial In Tatarstan

Protesters gathered in Kazan in March 2012 to demand a meeting with a top investigator from Moscow who had come to check on the progress of an investigation into alleged police brutality.
KAZAN, Russia -- A court in Kazan, the capital of Russia's republic of Tatarstan, has set a date for the trial eight former police officers accused of torturing prisoners.

The court ruled on June 6 that the trial will begin on June 13.

The defendants have been charged with abusing their positions, forging arrest documents, and the deliberate infliction of serious bodily harm.

They pleaded not guilty at the preliminary hearing.

Fourteen people who say they were tortured by the police officers filed lawsuits after a 52-year-old Kazan resident was allegedly raped and tortured to death while in custody last year.

The death led to a wave of protests against police brutality across Russia. Tatar police officials, including the republic's interior minister, resigned in the wake of the scandal.

Based on reporting by Interfax and ITAR-TASS