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26.12.2006

“Dobrochyn” Centre wins court case against the police

   

On 25 December the “Dobrochyn” [Charity] Centre won its civil suit against the Kulykivsky police.

Oleksandr Pidhorny, Head of the  “Dobrochyn” Board recounts: “Over a period of two months our organization sent formal requests for information regarding the observance of human rights to subdivisions of the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chernihiv region. Unfortunately in the majority of cases we received no response. We lodged administrative suits against the “most persistent non-respondents” and here we have won our first case!”

The court hearing was presided over by Judge M.M. Bily and Secretary Boiko, with representatives of the “Dobrochyn” Centre and the Kulykivsky District Police Station present.

Reference by the representative of the Kulykivsky District Police Station to recommendations from the Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Chernihiv region not to provide information as it is a structural subdivision did not convince the presiding Judge.

The Court’s judgment was unequivocal. It declared the behaviour of the Kulykivsky District Police Station in not providing the information requested unlawful and ordered it to rectify the situation within a month.

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