The citizen of the Russian Federation, leader of militants Ihor Bezler, known for tortures and murders of people in Donbas, will stand before court. This was reported by the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).
The pre-trial investigation in the case has been completed. An indictment was filed in court on the fact of organizing and committing abusive treatment of the civilian population, combined with premeditated murder.
Bezler's actions are qualified under Part 3 of Art. 27 and Part 1, Part 2, Art. 438 (violation of the laws and customs of war) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. According to the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War of 12 August 1949 and the Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 8 June 1977, these acts are serious violations of international humanitarian law.
Investigators and counterintelligence of the special services established that in June 2014 in the city of Horlivka, Donetsk region, the attacker headed a group of militants.
It was established that together with his accomplices he organized the abduction and torture of a local businessman. After that the criminal committed intentional murder of the victim.
In July 2014, he organized the abduction of a private in one of the battalions of the special police patrol service. On the orders of the leader of the group, the militants tortured and killed the illegally detained man.
For committing particularly serious crimes against peace, security of mankind and international law, the accused is punishable by imprisonment for a term of 8 to 12 years, and from 10 to 15 years or life imprisonment.
Earlier, in June of last year in Mariupol Security service of Ukraine exposed the former militant from "Bezler's group." He tortured the Ukrainian military servicemen and civilians in Donbas.
As you know, Bezler headed Horlivka militants from spring to autumn 2014. On November 1, 2014, one of the militant leaders, Igor Girkin (Strelkov), reported that Bezler had "resigned and was in reserve on the Crimean Peninsula." The day before, the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine had indicted Bezler and Girkin on suspicion of premeditated murder and torture.