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Police Drag Suspect from Hospital Ward And Try To Transport Him As Luggage

Police Drag Suspect from Hospital Ward And Try To Transport Him As Luggage

Two policemen from Russia's southern Stavropol region have been fired after they dragged a comatose murder suspect out of a hospital's intensive care ward, who then died after they tried to check him in as luggage on a flight back to the police station.

The two offices Fedor Moroz, 41, and Yuriy Koudinov, 45, had been alerted that the wanted man, 36-year-old Sergei Kozhemyakin, had been admitted to Balabanovskaya City Hospital in Western Russia's Kaluga Oblast. Despite the fact that he was in a critical condition the officers went to the hospital and dragged him out of the bed without even informing hospital staff, who had no idea where the patient had gone too.

They then drove him to Moscow's Vnukovo Airport, where staff from the UTair airline flatly refused to accept the man as a passenger because he was unconscious.

When that failed the officers then reportedly tried to have him declared as baggage and put into the luggage hold, something which was also rejected by the airline and which meant that as a result the officers decided to handcuff the man to a chair, and they then spent the night in the airport departure lounge hoping to get a flight with a different airline the next day.

At some stage they noticed that he seemed to be having trouble breathing but they again refused to allow airport police to take the injured man to hospital, and he reportedly died while the argument was going on.

Kozhemyakin was wanted on suspicion of ordering the murder of Arkady Georgiadi, a mayoral aide in the Stavropol region town of Mineralnye Vody who was shot at point-blank range by two assailants in 2008. The perpetrators were arrested soon after, though police had been searching for Kozhemyakin who had gone missing until he was discovered when he checked into the hospital in a critical condition.

It was not clear how he had ended up injured and in hospital and Russian police confirmed they are investigating the incident.

The two officers meanwhile who were caught on video camera dragging the unconscious man across the floor at the airport have however denied that they did anything wrong.

"We asked a nurse and she told us that it was fine to move the man and he didn't need to be in hospital any more," said Yuriy Koudinov.

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