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ECHR obliges Ukraine to compensate 4,000 Euros to drug dealer whose rights were violated

The man was arrested in spring 2007; he filed the appeal, indicating several violations, including the excessive use of force during detention
18:33, 12 February 2019

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The European court for human rights (ECHR) obliged Ukraine to pay 4,000 Euros to the arrested drug dealer. The man won the case, in which he sued the Ukrainian authorities after the arrest in 2007. This is mentioned in the court's decision, as the UNN news agency cited it.

Vasul Yakuba, the citizen of Ukraine, born in 1971, was detained in Kropyvnytsky for dealing drugs. In 2007, he sold three syringes loaded with opium to an undercover police agent. The deals were filmed on a hidden camera. In June 2007, the man was judged and sentenced to eight years behind the bars.

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The ECHR, in part, considered the written appeal of the police agent, as the Ukrainian court did not let him testify in the court hall in order to protect his privacy. In turn, Yakuba demanded the agent to speak before the court. He also stated he had suffered an excessive use of force during the detention.

The complainant asked the ECHR to define the violation of his rights for the fair proceeding and the interview of witnesses. Besides, he said that the Ukrainian authorities refused to give him the copies of documents from the case materials. 

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Ukraine is obliged to pay 2,500 Euros of moral damage and 1,500 Euros for the expenses.

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