09:15 11.06.2016

Crimean court sentences Euromaidan activist Kolomiyets to ten years in high-security prison

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A Crimean court has sentenced resident of Kyiv region Andriy Kolomiyets to ten years' imprisonment in a high-security prison, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported quoting Kolomiyets's defense lawyer Mykhailo Kushpel.

The court sentenced Kolomiyets to six years for the alleged attack on the Ukrainian Berkut riot police officers in Kyiv during the events on the Maidan and to four years for the alleged possession of drugs, the Crimean Human Rights Group reported on its official Facebook page.

"During the hearing, the lawyer of Kolomiyets submitted documents from the Prosecutor General's Office, which said that Andriy Kolomiyets is not involved in the case on the attack on Berkut officers in Ukraine. The agency's response contains the information that Ukraine is really investigating a criminal case about an attack on Berkut officers during the protests in Kyiv in 2014. There were 33 people who received injuries of varying severity and one of them died. At the same time, the response of the Prosecutor General's Office has the information that those employees of Berkut, in attacking whom Kolomiyets is accused, the Ukrainian law enforcement agencies did not apply, and victims in this case are not," the report says.

Kyiv region resident Kolomiyets was detained on the territory of Kabardino-Balkaria in May 2015 on suspicion of drug possession, but his lawyer identified a number of procedural irregularities that cast doubt on the suspicion of drug possession.

After the detention, the Ukrainian was brought to Crimea and charged with attempted murder of two of the Crimean Berkut officers. According to the lawyer, prosecutors presented as the evidence only two black-and-white photographs of the allegedly burnt uniform of these Berkut officers.

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