Maidan case: Court allows to consider in absentia cases concerning three ex-Berkut fighters

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court found that the accused did not appear in court in order to avoid criminal liability
22:43, 2 June 2021

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Sviatoshynskyi District Court of Kyiv has approved in absentia the trial of three former Berkut members Serhiy Zinchenko, Pavlo Abroskin and Oleh Yanishevsky, accused of shooting 48 Maidan activists. This was reported by the Advocacy Group on Facebook.

"Chairman Serhiy Dyachuk has just announced a decision to satisfy the petition of the prosecutor Ihor Zemskov's request for permission to hold a special trial in the case of Serhiy Zinchenko, Pavlo Abroskin and Oleh Yanishevsky accused of murders on Instytutska Street on February 20, 2014 and other crimes," the message reads.

Related: At least five ex-fighters of Ukrainian Berkut serve in Belarusian OMON

The court also denied the defense's request for the defendants to participate in the trial by videoconference.

"The jury finds it proven that Zinchenko, Abroskin and Yanishevsky do not come to court to avoid criminal liability. The defense's allegations that the accused only twice failed to appear in court are not based on the materials of the case, in which such failures to appear on the relevant court summons recorded more than seven," the message reads.

As it was reported, at least five former fighters of dissolved Ukrainian special police force Berkut, who protected the regime of ex-president Viktor Yanukovych, fled to Minsk OMON.

It is noted that after the victory of the Revolution of Dignity, many Berkut fighters escaped not only to Russia or temporarily occupied territories of Crimea and Donbas but also to Belarus. The journalists published information about five fighters of dissolved Berkut who not only became the citizens of Belarus but also work at the law enforcement bodies.

Related: Berkut fighter accused of shootings on Maidan serves in army on occupied territories


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