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Court to announce verdict in case of ex-Tornado fighters
14:09, 7 April 2017
Court to announce verdict in case of ex-Tornado fighters

Former members of the currently disbanded special task force unit are charged with power abuse, excessive violence and other crimes committed in Donbas in 2014-2015

14:09, 7 April 2017

Tornado unit fighters in court
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On April 7, the Obolon district court of Kyiv will announce the verdict in the case of former Tornado unit fighters. Inna Svynarenko, the court’s press secretary reported that as quoted by 112 Ukraine TV channel’s reporter.

The court session began as the open hearing, and the press was allowed to be present. The judges read the crime bill, and then announced a break, since the rest of the hearing should have been closed.  

According to the court’s press secretary, the court will get back to the open hearing mode – as soon as the judges have finished reasoning their decision.

Tornado was the special task force unit, which operated within the Interior Ministry of Ukraine. Their fighters faced accusations of creating a criminal gang and committing a number of crimes against civilians. The list of crimes includes, in particular, sexual assault, power abuse, excessive violence with the threat of weapon employment, illegal vehicle kidnapping, kidnapping and illegal detention of a civilian, illegal trespassing; extortion and some others.

The Tornado servicemen, including the company’s commander were arrested in June 2015. Currently, 13 of them are waiting for the court’s verdict in their cases.  

The company was disbanded in summer 2016, after the investigators confirmed the facts of numerous crimes committed by the unit’s fighters in Luhansk region.

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