Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard
The court acquitted the 4 persons who were accused of beating up the deputy of the Verkhovna Rada and former head of the State Forestry Committee Nikolay Shershun and throwing him into a dumpster during “garbage lustration” in Rovno. This is reported in the court’s verdict.
The defendants were 4 local residents, among who there is a minor and a disabled pensioner. In court the prosecutor claimed that on December 8th, 2015 these persons in the courtyard of the Rovno Regional Council during a protest action started to insult Shershun, who at the time was the Chairman of the Federation of Trade Unions of the Rovno region, physically abused him – forcing him to his knees, and then publicly humiliated him by tossing him into a dumpster.
At the same time, during “garbage lustration” the activists pushed and struck the dumpster with the former deputy inside. Thus, according to Shershun, he was subjected to moral damage and received injuries of an average severity.
In court he demanded 100,000 hryvnia from the defendants as moral compensation for the damage caused to his health. None of defendants admitted their guilt.
All of them said that on that day they all just walked around the Rovno Regional Council and watched a protest action. Witnesses also were not able to specify who exactly beat the former deputy and placed him in the dumpster, since the activists were wearing balaclavas.
In addition, the court recognised the photo and video files from the Internet provided by law enforcement bodies as inadmissible proof, since they could not establish whether they were originals or copies.
Due to the testimonies of witnesses and the lack of proof, the court acquitted all defendants. The court also returned to them their confiscated things. The former deputy was refused compensation for damages.
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