Three top Russian police officers have been jailed for raping a female officer in a police station.
The disturbing incident happened in October 2018 when the then 23-year-old young woman had travelled to work on a bank holiday and decided to have a drink with senior colleagues. Two other women who worked in the same department were also present.
Since the horrible attack, victim Guzel Sagitova has seen her case make national headlines in Russia, which does not suppress the identity of sexual assault survivors.
She told the court that after she arrived, she was taken into a toilet, where there are no CCTV cameras to confirm her story, and where she was raped by her three senior male colleagues.
The three who have now been convicted and jailed are Eduard Matveev, 51, who was the head of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation in the Ufa district, Salavat Galiev, 50, who was the chief of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Karmaskalinsky district, and Pavel Yaromchuk, 34, who was the head the migration department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Ufa district.
Pavel Yaromchuk has now been jailed for five and a half years and the other two, Salavat Galiev and Eduard Matveev, each received a seven years prison sentence.
All three, who continue to deny the charges, were convicted in December 2019 but appealed and the convictions were quashed for two of them and reduced for the third. However that has been overturned by a court which sent the case for retrial which has now seen the men imprisoned.
All three as well as the victim were fired for drinking alcohol in the workplace.
The woman has also put in an appeal for compensation, which her lawyer said was increased because of the unnecessary suffering she was being put through during cross examination in the trial.
Lawyers for the three men claim the young woman, who was herself the daughter of a senior police officer, did not remember all the details of the case because she was drunk.
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