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Court refuses to order repeat investigation into death of Ihor Indylo in police custody

02.12.2010    source:

The Desnyansky District Court in Kyiv on Wednesday rejected an application to send the criminal investigation against two officers of the Shevchenkivsky District Police Station back for additional investigation. The officers are accused of involvement in the death in the police station of young student, Ihor Indylo.

The court ruling states that the alleged failings in establishing the reasons and circumstances of Ihor Indylo’s death did not require additional investigation. The application had been made by the lawyer representing Ihor’s parents, Oleksandr Zarutsky.

The court did allow the application from Ihor’s mother to have Ludmila Zhuravska, representative of the Human Rights Ombudsperson, present at the court hearing.

It turned down the applications of a number of TV stations to film the court hearings since the defendants objected.

The first hearing on the actual charges is scheduled for 8 December. The accused are at liberty, having signed an undertaking not to abscond.

Ihor Indylo died during the night of his twentieth birthday in May. He had had a few drinks with a friend the previous evening who was not going to be in Kyiv the next day, and apparently had an altercation with a police officer living at the student hostel. The latter asked Ihor to come to the police station. By the morning he was dead.

The police claimed that he fell on the floor in a state of inebriation. Thanks initially to a report on TV 1 + 1, information about the young man’s death spread and caused considerable protest.  Probably as a result of the publicity, a criminal investigation was initiated and charges laid against two officers, although these are of “professional negligence” and exceeding their official duties.

Information about Wednesday’s court hearing here

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