A positive step at last on Yakiv Strogan’s allegations of torture
The High Specialised Court on Civil and Criminal Cases has allowed a cassation appeal against the rulings of the Kyivsky District Court in Kharkiv and the Kharkiv Regional Court of Appeal. The Kyivsky District Court had on 23 February 2011 rejected an appeal against the decision by the Prosecutor from 29 October 2010 refusing to initiate a criminal investigation into the allegations by Yakiv Strogan that he had been tortured by police officers from the Kyivsky District Police Station who tried to extort a huge amount of money for his release. This ruling was then upheld on 11 April 2011 by the Kharkiv Regional Court of Appeal.
Both rulings have been revoked and the case sent back for a new court examination.
This ruling is the first move forward with respect to the allegations made by Yakiv Strogan from October to December 2010. As reported many times, after having testified at parliamentary hearings just 8 days earlier, on 9 December he was arrested by police officers from the same Kyivsky District Police Station and remanded in custody. The judge ignored the clear signs of beating when Strogan was brought into court the next day after a night in police custody.
Yakiv Strogan was finally released from custody on a signed undertaking not to leave Kharkiv on 13 March this year, having spent 14 months in detention. See: Yakiv Strogan released from custody; impunity intact and the links below for more information.