Case of ex-fighters of "Tornado": The police surrounded the court building

Source : 112 Ukraine

Police and National Guard soldiers surrounded the court building, where a case of ex-officers of "Tornado" squad to be heard today
13:03, 9 August 2016

Police officers and National Guard soldiers surrounded the court building of Obolon' district court of Kyiv, where a case of ex-officers of "Tornado" squad to be heard today behind closed doors.

Near the building a small number of representatives of the volunteer battalions came to support the suspects and gathered near the building. National Guard soldiers lined up along the fence with helmets and bullet-proof vests. The entrance to the court is blocked by buses and vehicles for transportation of personnel of the National Guard.

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One of the law enforcement officers told journalists: "The court does not work today." From this we can conclude that only one hearing to be held in the court today - the case of "Tornado". According to some reports, some of the suspects have been already brought to the court.

It was reported that 12 fighters of "Tornado" squad are suspected of creating a criminal organization, abuse of power or official authority by a law enforcement officer, illegal imprisonment or kidnapping, tortures, forcible sodomy, resisting a representative of authority and misappropriation of the vehicle, according to RBC-Ukraine.

During previous hearing of "Tornado" case on August 2, the protesters gathered near the court building, supporting the accused. However, law enforcement didn’t allow to the closed hearing the citizens, who were not parties to the litigation. As a result, there were several clashes. More than 20 police and the National Guard were injured by the protesters, throwing sticks, stones, used batons and tear gas in the Guards.

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Kyiv police has opened two criminal proceedings on the fact of the collision. The hearing was postponed on August 3, but the trial did not take place due to the fact that the suspects were not brought to the court room.

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