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Lviv prosecutor’s office and the USS recompensed the moral damage.


The Frankivski city court of Lviv completely satisfied the claim of ombudsperson Nina Karpacheva against the Lviv oblast prosecutor’s office and the Lviv oblast USS concerning recompensing the moral damage to Ivan and Ivanna Mozols, the parents of Yuri Mozol tortured to death in prison.

The court ruled to collect from the oblast USS 50 thousand UAH to each of the parents and from the oblast prosecutor’s office – 15 thousand UAH to each.

After the court session N. Karpacheva told to journalists that she is satisfied by the court decision. „At the same time“, she said, „I have no feeling of victory, although the desired decision was taken“. According to her words, for the first time in Ukraine the claim was handed not against concrete law-enforcers, but against the system as a whole.

The Ukrainian ombudsperson handed the claim against the prosecutor’s office and USS on 4 February 2001. In her claim Nina Karpacheva asked to recompense to the Mozols the moral damage caused by the loss of their bread-winner in 1996.

On 27 March 1996 Yuri Mozol was detained because of the suspicion in several murders committed in the Lviv oblast. He was kept in the preliminary prison of the Lviv oblast USS, where he died of torture after three days. A week later the law-enforcers detained serial murderer Anatoliy Onoprienko.
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