Criminal investigation launched over death of prisoner


The Volyn Regional Prosecutor’s Press Service informs that a criminal investigation has been initiated against the Head and other members of staff of the Manevytsk Penal Colony No. 42.  The investigation is over “exceeding their official powers”.

The report states that on 21 April 2011 a 25-year-old prisoner of Colony No. 42, convicted of an economic crime, was found dead. On 15 March he had left the social rehabilitation unit without permission and on 19 April was found by police officers in the Odessa region and taken to the colony.

It has been established that the man’s death was caused by unlawful actions by staff at Colony No. 42.  The investigation is continuing, with a number of forensic tests scheduled.

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