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Nine prosecutions over the death of a detainee passed to the court

Nine officers of the Chernihiv Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime are accused on exceeding their powers

The Prosecutor General’s press service reports that the cases of nine officers of the Chernihiv Regional Department for Fighting Organized Crime [UBOZ] have been passed to the court. They are charged with exceeding their powers.  The report speaks of four people having been detained on suspicion of committing a crime, with physical violence being applied leading to the death of one of the detainees.

As reported already, Serhiy Kuntsevsky died on 2 October from a closed skull injury in the premises of the Chernihiv Regional UBOZ in Prytuky. 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.

Shortly afterwards the Chernihiv Regional Prosecutor reported that a criminal investigation had been initiated against three officers and a lower-ranking employee of the Chernihiv UBOZ in Prytuky on suspicion of inflicting grave bodily injuries causing death and exceeding their official powers (Articles 121 § 2 and 365 § 3 of the Criminal Code, respectively. Later criminal investigations were initiated against 10 UBOZ officers.

It is a little disturbing given the above details, and others reported since the tragedy, that no mention is made of the first Article, nor of applying the Article against torture.

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