11:31 19.10.2017

PGO wraps up probe into 4 former riot Berkut policemen for beating protesters in January 2014

PGO wraps up probe into 4 former riot Berkut policemen for beating protesters in January 2014

 Ukraine's Prosecutor General's Office (PGO) has completed its pretrial investigation of a criminal case involving four ex-members of Kyiv's Berkut riot police detachment suspected of beating activists during the night of January 22 to January 23 in Kyiv.

The PGO's department of special investigations on its Facebook page has said the Berkut policemen are suspected of beating 18 activists from the Automaidan group on the night of January 22 to January 23 at the intersection of Schors St. and Hrushevskogo St. in Kyiv. In addition, the policemen are suspected of damaging the activists' vehicle. The police are suspected of violating Part 2 of Article 28, Part 3 of Article 365, Part 1 of Article 366 and Part 2 of Article 384 of Ukraine's Criminal Code.

The suspects are also incriminated by forgeries of official documents (police reports) and false testimony, according to which the Automaidan activists were detained and convicted of hooliganism charges.

Lawyers for the suspects now have access to materials of the criminal case.

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