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Compensation for the widow of a victim of police ill-treatment

Sultanov v. Azerbaijan  | 2011

Compensation for the widow of a victim of police ill-treatment

Background

Vidadi Sultanov complained to the European Court of Human Rights that his right to freedom of expression and freedom of assembly had been violated. He also claimed that he had been ill-treated in police custody and he had had an unfair trial.

Mr Sultanov died before his case could be decided upon. His application was continued by his wife, Mrs Sultanova, who said that the police ill-treatment had damaged her husband’s health, and may have led to his death aged 42.

Judgment of the European Court of Human Rights

Before the Strasbourg court examined the case, the Azerbaijani government reached a friendly settlement with Mrs Sultanova. The government agreed to pay 10,000 euros to cover damages, costs and expenses.

Follow-up

Mrs Sultanova was paid the money specified in the friendly settlement.

The Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers continues to monitor the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers in Azerbaijan and the lack of effective investigations into ill-treatment.