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Man beaten by police after brothel visit

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Man beaten by police after brothel visit
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11:35 CEST+02:00
A 34-year-old man was seriously injured after a police interrogation following a visit to a Vienna brothel in March. In court on Monday, his lawyer alleged police brutality.

The man, a construction engineer, was visiting a prostitute in a brothel in March 2014, when he discovered that his wallet containing €2500 had gone missing.

Suspecting that one of his colleagues had stolen the money, the man called the police.  According to the police report, the man became quite argumentative with the responding policewoman, insisting that she take action to recover his money.

In addition, the man felt that the female officer was addressing him in a very insulting and abusive way, and so attempted to use his iPhone to record the conversation.

The police woman responded by summoning as backup a total of three patrols, who brought the man, his friends, and the prostitute back to the station for further questioning.

During an interview session, it is alleged that the man became agitated, and had to be physically restrained. The man claimed that the policewoman was again insulting and abusive, and that he was attempting to record the session with his iPhone when he was attacked by police.

He was allegedly forced to the ground, shackled and punched several times by up to six police. The man sustained a number of injuries, including a broken jaw which required hospital treatment.

The man has been charged with resisting arrest and aggravated violence.  

The trial proceedings were suspended indefinitely, pending the availability of a forensic medical report into his injuries.

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