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28.08.2009

Trial begins of officers accused over death of detainee in Prytuki

   

The trial has begun of nine officers of the Chernihiv Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime [UBOZ] who are charged with exceeding their powers and using unlawful methods of criminal investigation. The decision to hold the trial in Konotop, Sumy region, and not in the Chernihiv region was taken by the Supreme Court on the application of the defendants. The public prosecution is made up of two Prosecutors, one being a representative of the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office. The first hearings began on 17 August and lasted a week. Some of the witnesses and the defendants themselves were questioned. The defendants deny any wrongdoing, claiming that they acted within the law.

39-year-old Prytuki resident Serhiy Kuntsevsky died on 2 October from a closed skull injury in the premises of the Chernihiv Regional UBOZ in Prytuky where he had been taken by force.. Video footage of the actual detention showed officers putting a polyethylene bag over his head. He was detained in the early afternoon and died at around 10 in the evening.

The investigation concluded that both his detention and the means of detective investigation [diznannya] had been carried out with serious violations of criminal procedure.

Press service of the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor’s Office

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