Court guards needed to protect judge upholding acquittal
The Prosecutor’s Office appealed however the Court of Appeal upheld the acquittal.
Serhiy Tolsky’s advocate had stated during the appeal hearing that the Prosecutor of the Kalininsky District was putting pressure on the court. She alleges that the judge in the case had her car damaged, and faced threats. She felt the need to ask for protection from 20 court police officers stating that this was because of pressure from the Prosecutor.
Tetyana Matyash adds that the Tolsky case demonstrates that anybody can find themselves accused of any crime. However the fact that he was acquitted does nonetheless prove that there is still a justice system in Ukraine.
Serhiy Tolsky was released from custody in March 2011, but he had spent 2.5 years in detention. His lawyers believe that he can demand from 30-60 thousand EUR in compensation. His mother says that they will seek redress through the courts against the law enforcement officers and the state. She herself lost her job in a bank because of the charges against her son and has spent 20 thousand USD on legal aid. Serhiy Tolsky is looking forward to leading a normal life, finishing his education and finding work.