Police in Aš condemned by European court for inhumane treatment

The European Court of Human Rights has recognized inhumane and degrading treatment of a suspect in police custody in the Czech Republic. The ruling condemned the actions of police officers in the west Bohemian town of Aš, who arrested a fifty-eight year-old man in 2010 and painfully tied his legs and allowed him to hang by his bound arms from a fixture on the wall. The man’s lawyer all said that he was beaten on his back, head and chest. The man has asked for 100,000 crowns in compensation, but the European court has not ruled on that yet, pending a possible appeal as well as the results of deliberations in a Czech court on the same case.

Author: Masha Volynsky