Two former Berkut fighters Oleksandr Marinchenko and Serhiy Tamtura, who returned to Kyiv after their exchange with occupied Donbas, remain to be cognizable as Svoboda Slova on ICTV reported citing Prosecutor General of Ukraine Ruslan Ryaboshapka.
“The case is at the stage of the judicial proceeding and, consequently, people who were exchanged and who returned were and remain to be cognizable. In other words, their procedural status has not changed,” he said.
According to the prosecutor general, former Berkut fighters will have the possibility to prove their innocence in the court. The next court session on this case will take place on March 17, in Kyiv Svyatoshynsky court.
“If they come to the court there will be no grounds for changing of their restrictive measure; if they will not come, we respond in another way,” Ryaboshapka warned.
As we reported, former Berkut fighters Oleksandr Marinchenko and Serhiy Tamtura who had previously been transferred to the occupied regions of the Lugansk and Donetsk regions as part of prisoner swap returned to Kyiv.
On December 28, Kyiv court changed the restrictive measure from the detention to the personal commitments for five former law enforcers – Oleh Yanyshevsky, Pavlo Abroskin, Serhiy Zinchenko, Oleksandr Marinchenko, and Serhiy Tamtura. All of them were suspected in the commitment of the crimes in Maidan. Moreover, former Berkut fighters are on the exchange list between Ukraine and occupied Donbas.
Later the protest started near Lukyanivske detention center. People stood against the release of former Berkut law enforcers.
As we reported earlier, on December 29, Ukraine and representatives of the militant-held Donbas exchanged prisoners; these are political prisoners, POWs, and civilians, some of which were not even convicted. The venue was the Mayorske checkpoint in the Donetsk region.