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Riot in prison: Ex-Tornado fighters could freely go in the streets

For the last year and a half, Lukyanivska prison of Kyiv has not searched the cell of “Tornado” even once
11:55, 13 September 2018

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Former fighters of “Tornado” who revolted in the Kyiv Lukyanivska prison had magstripes that allowed them to go outside. Chief Military Prosecutor Anatoly Matios informed about this on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel.

"All the ex-Tornado fighters had magstripes that allowed them to go in the streets. Not only the keys, but magstripes…to Dehtyarivska street. When we tried to use the magstripes, - all the doors could be opened, all could go out,” he said.

Matios also told that for the last year and a half, Lukyanivska prison has not searched the cell of “Tornado” even once.

“We identified persons in Kyiv prison who, for all this period of a year and a half have not conducted searches in the cell of “Tornado” fighters even once. Such searches are conducted weekly in order to find forbidden things and items...And if there is evidence that there are prohibited items, it is necessary to conduct a so-called 'cell toss,' a search to find all places where they can be," he said.

He added that 142 telephones were found in a Kyiv prison after one of the searches following the detention of "Tornado" fighters.

Related: Justice Ministry fires Lukyanivska Prison staff, - people's deputy

As it was reported earlier, four former fighters of "Tornado" task force unit and two workers of Lukyanivska prison were served with charge papers on the riot case.

The Prosecutor's Office added that during the investigation, it was established that the organized group from among the arrested former officers of "Tornado" company with the support of the prison's workers committed serious and particularly serious crimes: mass unrest followed by the arsons, seizures of the buildings, resistance to the representatives of the authorities with the use of the weapons; murder threats, violence against law enforcers and storage of the explosives.

Earlier, on August 9 clashes between the citizens and law enforcers occurred during transferring of ex-fighters of Tornado near Lukyanivska prison. As a result, three Tornado fighters, kept in Lukyanivska prison, were transferred and the others were put in an isolation cell. As the representatives of the Justice Ministry informed, one law enforcer got injured as the fighters used handmade firecrackers. Moreover, it was reported that Tornado fighters poured petrol on a law enforcer and threatened to burn him.

Related: Lukyanivska Prison was burning in Kyiv

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