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03.04.2013

No Miracle, No Justice

Despite no evidence aside from multiple “confessions” retracted in court and grave irregularities, two sacristans of the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya, and brother of one of them, have been convicted of the 2010 bomb blast in the Church and sentenced to 15 and 14 years respectively | detail

Visits 2539
02.04.2013

Police officer gets long sentence for raping detainee

A Donetsk court has sentenced one police officer to 10 years imprisonment for raping a male detainee. He must also pay 20 thousand UAH. Two other officers received 4 and 5 year suspended sentences | detail

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29.03.2013

No washing our hands of this case

On the eve of Good Friday in most Christian Churches, Anton Kharytonov, one of the three young men accused of the 2010 bomb blast in the Svyatopokrovsk Orthodox Church in Zaporizhya called on the judge to not be like Pontius Pilateю “I think you have long understood that we are innocent and did not commit this crime” | detail

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22.03.2013

Well-regulated Unaccountability

The Head of Ukraine’s High Qualification Commission of Judges believes that where all is “regulated well in our Constitution and legislation, there’s no need to refer to ECHR judgements.” And where all that is regulated is a system of fob-offs and close cooperation between the police, the prosecutor’s office and the court? | detail

Visits 2676
18.03.2013

Further investigation into Ihor Indylo’s death ordered … again

The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv has once again ordered that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in the early hours of 18 May 2010 be passed to the Prosecutor’s Office for further investigation. | detail

Visits 2017
15.03.2013

Verdict in controversial Zaporizhya Church bomb case postponed

The reason given for the two week postponement was novel to say the least. Delays to this trial which has now dragged on for more than two years are not. | detail

Visits 1893
12.03.2013

Final Act

Help prove that there is justice before the European Court of Human Rights! The verdict is due on 14 March in the high-profile case of three young men charged with the bomb blast in the Zaporizhya Svyatopokrovsk Church on 28 July 2010. Public attention is vital | detail

Visits 2651
01.03.2013

Ukrainian courts in no hurry to correct their mistakes

Ukraine does not have a mechanism for reviewing the cases of life prisoners. Their only chance of proving a miscarriage of justice remains the European Court of Human Rights. | detail

Visits 1606
26.02.2013

Investigation of high-profile criminal cases

These are much publicized crimes which high-ranking officials – the President, Head of the SBU [Security Service] or Interior Minister – take under their personal control issuing urgent instructions to find the criminals | detail

Visits 1710
22.02.2013

Demand for Long Sentences in Gravely Flawed Zaporizhya Church Bomb Trial

In a trial which has from the outset aroused profound concern, the prosecution has demanded very long sentences for three young men who all maintain that their multiple confession were beaten out of them. | detail

Visits 2345
13.02.2013

Lost in SIZO

Why the case of three young men charged over a bomb blast in a Zaporizhya Church on 28 July 2010 warrants close scrutiny from all bodies fighting torture and concerned over problems with the justice system in Ukraine. I | detail

Visits 2687
07.02.2013

Puppet Justice

The latest court hearing in the case of the young men charged over the Zaporizhya Church bomb in July 2010 will take place on 7 February. As the text mentions, it will be without one of the defendants lawyers whom the presiding judge has removed from the case. This is only one of a very large number of grounds for concern | detail

Visits 2116
01.02.2013

Against Television Justice

Three young men, two former sacristans of the Church and the elder brother of one of them have effectively become hostages of a promise made to the President to solve a crime within the week | detail

Visits 2815
01.02.2013

Primetime Justice: The Zaporizhya Church Bombing

Three young men charged in connection with the 2010 explosion have been in detention without sentence for two and a half years. Their case is known in Ukraine as the “case of the sacristans” and urgently needs to be raised at the EU-Ukraine Summit precisely because its outcome is widely seen as being quite unrelated to the guilt or otherwise of the defendants. | detail

Visits 1949
01.02.2013

No Duress? Telling Details in the Zaporizhya Church Bomb Case

The case of three young men tried over the bomb which exploded in the Svyato-Prokovsk Church, Zaporizhya on 28 July 2010 continues to cause grave concern. The following gives some idea why | detail

Visits 2487
25.01.2013

Prosecutor again blocks further investigation into death of Ihor Indylo

The Kyiv Prosecutor’s Office informs that the criminal case into the death of Ihor Indylo, the young student who died in police custody in May 2010 has been sent for a new court examination, and not the further investigation consistently sought by Ihor’s family and civic groups | detail

Visits 1853
18.01.2013

Massive bill for State’s failure to enforce human rights court rulings

In one of the European Court of Human Rights judgements issued on 17 January, the Court found serious violations of the prohibition of torture and ill-treatment and others in the case of 18 prisoners of the Izyaslav Prison | detail

Visits 2451
26.12.2012

The European Court has its opinion, the Chernihiv Prosecutor another...

A Chernihiv court has yet again cancelled the decision issued by the Prosecutor’s Office to terminate criminal cases over the bodily injuries inflicted by police officers on Mykhailo Koval and his family | detail

Visits 1685
25.12.2012

Justice in the Balance

Two men have finally been released from custody after six years in SIZO on the basis of a “confession” beaten out of one of them and despite howling discrepancies and infringements of their right to defence | detail

Visits 1803
19.12.2012

Strasbourg to consider the Pomilyaiko case

Svitlana Polilyaiko has been trying since 2008 to get a proper investigation and prosecution of those police officers who, she alleges, tortured her and her colleague. She has been assisted by a KHPG lawyer in seeking justice with the European Court of Human Rights | detail

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