The Ukrainian Court Is Still Not Able to Prove the Wrongdoing of “Berkut” During the Events on Maidan

Translated by Ollie Richardson & Angelina Siard

14:43:19
14/11/2018

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The charges of excessive use of force during Maidan brought to the former employees of the special forces of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Berkut have not found confirmation in court. 
This was stated by the lawyer of the accused security officers Valentin Rybin following the results of a hearing at the Dneprovsky district court of Kiev.

According to him, in the videos that the victim party presented in court as proof of their correctness, it is seen how the Maidan activists commit illegal acts by attacking militiamen.

“All videos serve as proof of the innocence of my client, as well as all law enforcement bodies who ‘Molotov cocktails’ and stones were thrown at and shots were fired at, forcing them to carry out their duties in conditions of high danger,. It is precisely for this reason that law enforcement officers, who used special means to ensure public order, acted in accordance with the law. Now we specifically speaking about a case of the use of physical force against offenders who, as is seen in the video, threw ‘Molotov cocktails’ at the ranks of law enforcement bodies”, said Rybin.

The colleagues of Maidan activists periodically tried to disrupt his speech by insulting the lawyer and his clients. On his blog the lawyer added that nationalists also try to interfere in the work of the judge Oksana Birsa by putting pressure on her.

“A certain Roman Gavrilenko from ‘Sokol‘ is going to put pressure on the judge of the Dneprovsky district court of Kiev Oksana Vladimirovna Birsa. The scribbler promised, together with a group of still unknown accomplices, to ‘control’ on 03.12.2018 the ‘making’ by the court of the ‘correct conclusion’. I am preparing a statement about this in the relevant authorities. Maybe on 03.12.18 the police will manage to detain these ‘controllers at the crime scene?” concluded Rybin.

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