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Kyiv court condemns 8 Tornado ex-fighters to long prison terms, 4 to suspended sentence
21:38, 7 April 2017
Kyiv court condemns 8 Tornado ex-fighters to long prison terms, 4 to suspended sentence

Ruslan Onyshchenko, battalion’s commander, got more than everybody — 11 years of prison

21:38, 7 April 2017

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Obolon district court of Kyiv sentenced Ruslan Onyshchenko, the ex-commander of disbanded Tornado special task force unit, which operated within the Interior Ministry of Ukraine in Luhansk region, his assistant Mykolai Tsokur and 6 more officers to long terms of imprisonment, 4 more received suspended sentence. This was reported on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel by correspondent.

"Ruslan Onyshchenko, battalion’s commander, got more than everybody — 11 years of prison. Then goes his assistant Mykolai Tsokur, he got 9. Other fighters have mostly 8-9 years. There are also 4 suspended sentences. Four former fighters have been placed under house arrest — Yuriy Shevchenko, who got 3 years of probation, others have two years each," journalist reported.

Ukraine’s Chief Military Prosecutor Anatolii Matios published the list of all officers with the according verdicts on his Facebook page.

"The verdict was announced to ex-policemen from Tornado unit, who were torturing civilian people," he wrote.

Facebook Anatoliy Matios

Facebook Anatoliy Matios

As it was reported earlier, the verdict in "Tornado" case was delivered during the closed hearing.

Tornado was the special task force unit, which operated within the Interior Ministry of Ukraine. Their fighters faced accusations of creating a criminal gang and committing a number of crimes against civilians. The list of crimes includes, in particular, sexual assault, power abuse, excessive violence with the threat of weapon employment, illegal vehicle kidnapping, kidnapping and illegal detention of a civilian, illegal trespassing; extortion and some others.

The Tornado servicemen, including the company’s commander were arrested in June 2015. The company was disbanded in summer 2016, after the investigators confirmed the facts of numerous crimes committed by the unit’s fighters in Luhansk region.

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