22 people to face trial for illegal detention and tortures in Rivne region

Source : 112 Ukraine

In 2018-2020, culprits held alcohol and drug addicts in "rehab centers" in Rivne and Ternopil regions
15:45, 28 January 2021

A group of 22 people will face the trial for illegal detention and tortures of alcohol and drug addicts. The culprits held these people in "rehab centers", reports press department of the Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine

In 2018, a man founded six "rehabilitation centres" for alleged treatment of people with addiction to alcohol and drugs. These facilities were located in rented houses ; five in Rivne region and one in Ternopil region. The culprit hired 21 people, the local churchgoers, to assist him. He called himself the "pastor".

Office of Prosecutor General of Ukraine claimed that the establishments were supposed to work as dormitories, but with grates on the windows, tough rules of behavior, poor nutrition and a system of respective punishment measures applied in case of disobeyance.  

Related: Tortures, inhuman treatment by law enforcers constantly observed in Ukraine, - UN

For "treatment" of these people, their families paid from 107 to 428 dollars per month. The law enforcers identified 26 people who suffered from illegal detention and tortures in these "rehab centers". The facilities were shut down in May 2020.

Related: Political prisoner Shumkov tortured in Russian colony, - Ukraine's Ombudsman

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