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Hearing in Strogan case again postponed
The latest hearing in the trial of Yakiv Strogan was supposed to take place on Wednesday but was postponed for the second time because the new forensic medical report ordered 4 months ago is still not ready.
Fortunately the delays are no longer so critical since Yakiv Strogan is home with his wife and small son.
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. He was arrested in December 2010 and charged with attempted murder in connection with a scuffle with a neighbour in August that year. After the police were called and allegedly took Strogan away, subjecting him to torture in an attempt to extort money from the family, Yakiv Strogan, in the presence of Kharkiv Human Rights Group lawyers, publicly asserted that he had been tortured, and over the following months tried to get a criminal investigation initiated over the torture claims. The final occasion was at parliamentary hearings at the beginning of December. A week later the new charge of attempted murder was suddenly presented, and Yakiv remanded in custody. See: Yakiv Strogan released from custody; impunity intact