First prison term for act of homophobia announced in Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

The court sentenced one of the attackers to four years behind the bars; he assaulted two young men in Lviv in summer 2021
22:42, 16 November 2021

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Halytsky district court in Lviv delivered the first verdict in the case of homophobia-based hatred. Thus, one of the attackers who beat up two young artists in Lviv ended up behind the bars for four years. The judges pointed out that the motive was homophobic. The respective message appeared on Insight LGBTQ NGO.

"The sentence was announced during the open court session that took place today - in the case of the second attacker who assaulted poet Serhiy Savin and musician Maksym Verba. Given the details of the attack and previous convictions of the assailant, he was sentenced to imprisonment of four years and one month", reads the message. 

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The crime was defined as hooliganism, but the homophobic motive was pointed out during the definition, too.

A group of young men attacked the artists in Lviv in summer 2021. The attackers considered their victims gays. Savin and Verba were beaten up and robbed. All four assailants were apprehended; two already had their sentences pronounced.

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