Court reopened case against Kernes about beating demonstrators in 2014

Source : 112 Ukraine

Previously, case was closed by district court of Poltava
20:03, 31 January 2020

 The Poltava Court of Appeal decided to satisfy the appeals and resumed consideration of the case against Kharkiv Mayor Hennady Kernes, which concerns the beating of protesters in January 2014.  The website of the Office of the Prosecutor General reports.

 Now the indictment in the specified criminal proceedings is directed to a new judicial review.

 The prosecutors of the Office of the Prosecutor General have obtained in court the resumption of the prosecution of one of the current mayors.

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 Recall, the Poltava court closed the criminal proceedings on charges of the mayor and his guards, in connection with the alleged refusal of the prosecution to maintain the state prosecution.  It should be noted that the court, making such a decision, unlawfully interpreted the absence of prosecutors of the General Prosecutor’s Office of Ukraine in the summer of 2018 for unknown reasons at the hearing as an actual refusal to charge.

As we reported earlier, Kyiv District Court in Poltava ordered to close the criminal proceeding on Hennady Kernes, Kharkiv’s Mayor, and on his safeguards Vitaly Blinnyk and Yevgen Smitsky

As the judge explained, the reason for such decision was the prosecutors’ refusal to support the prosecution on the case and participation in the trial debates which is considered as a refusal from the prosecution.

Kernes with accomplices was accused of kidnapping, torturing and threatening to kill Kharkiv EuroMaidan activists Oleksandr Kutyanin and Serhiy Ryapolov.

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