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12.11.2010

Trial to begin of police officers accused of “negligence” over Ihor Indylo’s death

   

The newspaper Segodnya reports that on  Friday, 12 November, the court trial over the death in Kyiv’s Shevchenkivsky Police Station of young student, Ihor Indylo is scheduled to begin.

Two police officers are on trial – Serhiy Prykhodko and Serhiy Kovalenko. They are charged under the articles of the Criminal Code on exceeding their powers and professional negligence, these carrying a possible sentence from a fine of 850 UAH to 8 years imprisonment.

Ihor’s mother, Ludmila Indylo told the newspaper that the case is to be examined by the Shevchenkivsky Court.

The family’s lawyer, Oleksandr Zarutsky adds ““we have applied to have the case heard in another court since we fear that somebody in the district authorities could influence the judges when passing their ruling. On Friday there will be a preliminary hearing where they will decide whether to return the case to the prosecutor’s office. We believe that it has not yet been examined and there is a lot that is unclear: the way he received the fatal injury and other injuries.”

The Head of the capital’s MIA press service, Volodymyr Polishchuk claims that no police officers beat Ihor Indylo.  He says that the Head of the District Department, Petro Miroshnychenko had over the last few days retired, and that he had not gone earlier so that that was not viewed as a movement backwards.

The Prosecutor General’s website reported in October that the investigation had been completed.  This followed considerable public attention and protests over police violence.

Ihor should have turned 20 the next day, and had been marking his coming birthday with a friend. He had committed no offence, went voluntarily to the police station, apparently after an altercation with a police officer living in the same student hostel. He died from head injuries and haemorrhaging.  The police are still claiming that Ihor fell in a state of inebriation and that no police officers are implicated in his death.

Human rights defenders have also expressed deep scepticism regarding the nature of the charges. 

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