MOSCOW, January 29 (RAPSI) – Five suspects in a case over abuse of authority during the arrest of journalist Ivan Golunov have been apprehended in Moscow, the Investigative Committee’s website informs Wednesday.
The arrested ex- narcotics control police officers have been transported to the Investigative Committee for investigative activities, the news release reads.
In late December, investigators opened the case over arrest of Golunov. The journalist was recognized as an injured party. There are five defendants in the case; all of them have been dismissed from police.
Golunov was arrested in Moscow on June 6. On June 8, the Nikulinsky District Court of Moscow placed him under house arrest for 2 months. According to the Interior Ministry’s official statement, police seized nearly 4 grams of methylmethedrone from Golunov.
The journalist pleaded not guilty, insisted that the drugs were planted on him during the arrest and claimed that his prosecution is related to his journalistic investigations.
According to his defense, an examination showed no drugs in his biomaterial.
On June 11, charges against Golunov were dropped because of a lack of evidence that he participated in the crime, and the journalist was released.
On June 13, Russian President Vladimir Putin dismissed two generals of police on the back of the arrest of Golunov.