Thursday, September 18, 2008

Post #700: Football fans allege police torture

Football fans of two capital city teams Legia and Polonia, arrested a week ago during football riots in Warsaw, are to notify the public prosecutor’s office, accusing police of unjustified violence against them while being interrogated.

According to the fans, policemen used physical and psychological violence in order to force confessions to charges of participation in an illegal gathering, leveled against 752 people detained during the riots.

Over 200 hooligans pleaded guilty but only eight of them were charged with more serious offences, including destruction of property and attacking a police officer.

All hooligans detained last week were banned from future matches at the Legia stadium for two years.