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Supreme Court recognizes self-defense right against police

17:45 28/06/2012

MOSCOW, June 28 - RAPSI. The Supreme Court has held that individuals are entitled to resist police officers in the event of the unlawful use of force, according to the court plenum's draft resolution.

The document, which centers on necessary defense, points out that the Criminal Code authorizes people to effectively defend themselves against any attackers, including officials.

"For instance, it allows an individual to put up resistance if he is fully aware that the use of force by law enforcement officers is unlawful," the note attached to the draft reads.

Meanwhile, lawful actions made by officials do not entitle an individual to put up resistance.

Violations that police or servicemen commit in using weapons during riots or while detaining a criminal will be divided into two categories - either abuse of power, or exceeding the limits of necessary defense.

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Supreme Court recognizes self-defense right against police

17:45 28/06/2012 The Supreme Court has held that individuals are entitled to resist police officers in the event of the unlawful use of force, according to the court plenum's draft resolution.
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