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State Bureau of Investigations suspects two former judges who illegally restricted freedom of Maidan activists

Source : 112 Ukraine

The ex-judges who are now acting as lawyers were charged with several illegal actions, including the illegal hindrance of organization and holding of public rallies, meetings and demonstrations
10:11, 27 May 2020

The Washington Post

Investigators of Special Department of the State Bureau of Investigations of Ukraine have completed pre-trial investigation against two former judges of a district court of Cherkasy city. This is due to the decisions made by two judges of this court; these regarded the members of Euromaidan movement. The press office of the Bureau reported that on May 27.

The investigation found out that the former judges are currently working as lawyers. In January 2014, they committed illegal actions against 17 people. "The citizens were illegally deprived of personal freedom, mainly by putting them in custody", reads the message.

Former judges are suspected in committing the following illegal actions:

- issuing decrees on decisions that are known illegal and committed in personal interests;

- arrests that are known illegal, which resulted in grave consequences and were committed in personal interests under a previous agreeement by a group of individuals.

- ilegal hindrance of organization and holding of public rallies, meetings and demonstrations.

Related: Court releases ex-SBU Head accused of crimes against Euromaidan

Euromaidan was a powerful civil movement that managed to topple the regime of President Viktor Yanukovych in 2014. Brutal street fights with the police resulted in casualties on both sides. The climax took place in February 2014, when government-hired snipers gunned down dozens of unarmed protesters in the downtown Kyiv. Dozens more were wounded, arrested or went missing.

Related: Euromaidan case: Court acquits ex-Berkut fighter Khandrykin

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