Ukrainian prisoners in Chechnya state about tortures during investigation
They are accused of fighting against Russia in 1994-1995, but the defendants have evidence of their innocence
The first public hearing in the case of Ukrainians Karpiuk and Klich took place in Chechen Supreme Court yesterday, Kavkaz-uzel. They are accused of involvement in military actions on the side of Chechen separatists in 1994-1995. The lawers petitioned to change the preventive measure for the defendant out on bail, but the court decided the defendants leave custody until February 27, 2016.
Karpyuk's lawyer read out an appeal, in which he said that Karpyu had not been in Chechnya in 1994-1995, consequently, he could not participate in the military attack against Russia. He also asked for subpoena 10 witnesses to confirm the alibi of Karpyuk. Chechen Court partially granted the request, noting that "will assist in calling witnesses".
The hearing on the merits has not started because of the absence of three jurors. The meeting was postponed to 27 October. Klich showed the scars on his wrists and legs, which, according to him, are the consequences of the torture to which he was subjected during the investigation. Karpyuk filed a complaint on the reported torture against the investigators of the Russia's FSB of in the European Court.
Evidence against Karpyuk, Klich, Ukrainian Prime Minister Yatsenyuk and others were given by Olexander Malofyeyev sentenced September 29 by Chechen Court to 24.5 years in prison. According to the testimony, a large group of Ukrainians allegedly fought on the side of Chechnya.
Recalling, March 29, 2014 the leader of the Ukrainian National Assembly (UNA) Mykola Karpyuk was kidnapped by Federal Security Service (FSB) of Russia. According to investigators, Karpyuk, Klikh, and Malofeev, members of UNA-UNSO organization, which is banned by Russia, participated in the hostilities. It was formed in 1994 in Ukraine by armed groups who took part in the conflict in Chechnya on the side of the self-proclaimed Chechen Republic of Ichkeria.
Ukrainian National Assembly was the UNA-UNSO organisation's political wing, on 22 May 2014 it merged with far-right Ukrainian nationalist political party Pravyi Sektor. At first Mykola Karpyuk was identified as one of the leaders of Pravyi Sektor. At least Pravyi Sektor organized few meetings with a demand to find Karpyuk, and in their leaflets they wrote "Mykola Karpyuk, one of the leaders of Pravyi Sektor". In the course of short time it was somehow forgotten about Karpyuk as a chief of Pravyi Sektor.
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