Ukraine court docket overturns acquittal verdict of policeman for allegations of torture throughout Revolution of Dignity – JURIST

The Ukrainian Kyiv Court docket of Enchantment overturned the acquittal verdict of the Dniprovskyi District Court docket of Kyiv relating to a former policeman of the Berkut Navy Police, sentencing him to 6 years in jail.

The appellate court docket discovered that the officer intentionally precipitated extreme bodily ache and bodily and ethical struggling to 2 Revolution of Dignity contributors and convicted him of torture. The Revolution of Dignity befell in Ukraine in February 2014 on the finish of the Euromaidan protests. In January and February 2014, clashes in Kyiv between protesters and Berkut particular riot police resulted within the dying of over 100 protesters and the wounding of many others. In response to the report of the Workplace of the United Nations Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the police focused protesters with violence, “together with the extreme use of power inflicting dying and critical damage in addition to different types of ill-treatment, was actively promoted or inspired by the Ukrainian authorities.”

In 2019, the Dniprovskyi District Court docket of Kyiv decided that the defendant was not responsible as a result of lack of proof to show that he dedicated the accused legal offense. Since then, the defendant has continued to work within the Kharkiv police. Nevertheless, the case was reconsidered on attraction.

Throughout the appellate listening to, the prosecutor allegedly proved that the defendant supposed to punish each victims, one in all whom was a minor, for his or her participation within the protests on January 20, 2014, by beatings, torture and different violent acts. The 2 protesters have been thrown from the colonnade and the minor sufferer was undressed at an air temperature of -12°C and wounded in the correct thigh with a knife.

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