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Ukraine’s Internal Minister calls to abolish courts’ protection by police, National Guard

This minister’s statement was influenced by the decision of Kyiv district court to refuse to arrest the ex-soldier of Donbas battalion suspected of shooting policeman
12:53, 19 February 2018

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine

The Internal Minister of Ukraine Arsen Avakov calls on the Cabinet of Ministers to abolish the protection of courts by police and the National Guard. He wrote about this on his Facebook page.

The minister commented on the refusal of Kyiv Shevchenkivsky District Court to arrest the ex-fighter of the Donbas battalion suspected of shooting a police officer during the rallies near Solomiansky District Court on February 15.

"The court in fact approved the shooting at policeman, considering it not a serious crime," wrote the minister.

Avakov demands from the Supreme Council of Justice to immediately react to such a decision of the court, and from the Prosecutor's Office and the Court of Appeal - to make a fair decision regarding the suspect.

"In the morning I appealed to the Prime Minister to call an extraordinary meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers. I do not see how in such circumstances the police and guards forces can perform an uncharacteristic for them function to protect the courts," Avakov said.

Related: Police detains three ex-fighters of Donbas Battalion on suspicion of killing a family

The minister intends to introduce a draft resolution on termination of functions to protect judicial institutions by the National Police and the National Guard.

As it was reported earlier the man who wounded a police officer in the confrontation near the Solomiansky court on Feb. 15, turned out to be an ex-soldier of Donbas battalion who shot with an honorary weapon which he had received as an award from the Interior Ministry. Aide to the Interior Ministry of Ukraine Anton Herashchenko confirmed this information.

Earlier, a shooting occurred at the entrance to Solomiansky Court where the hearing of the case of Odesa Mayor Hennady Trukhanov was taking place. People came to the court in what was an attempt to intimidate and influence the court, according to Trukhanov’s lawyer.

Related: 86 civilians died in Donbas battle actions in 2017, - OSCE

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