Gendarmes club suspect to death while trying to extract confession

Gendarmes club suspect to death while trying to extract confession

17 Dec 2018, by Kez@ClosingSpaces in CS Database

Incidents & Issues

Five gendarmes (a sergeant chief and four cadets) clubbed to death a suspect to extract a confession. The suspect was arrested in the village of Akpro-Misserete, in the southeast, on suspicion he stole a motorbike. An investigation of the National Gendarmerie determined that the gendarmes used torture to force the suspect’s confession

Details of Occurrence

Country of OccurrenceBenin Republic
Date of Occurrence11 Jul 2017
Security Agents InvolvedNational Gendarmerie
Legal FoundationsArticle 18 of the Constitution of the Republic of Benin
Rights ImplicatedRight to Dignity
Actions Taken

An investigation of the National Gendarmerie determined that the gendarmes used torture to force the suspect’s confession. The court judgment stated, “No one shall be subjected to torture, punishments or cruel, inhumane or degrading treatments.” No further judicial action was taken. Unspecified disciplinary action, however, was taken against the sergeant chief and the four cadets.

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