15:11 19.12.2017

Court allows questioning of two citizens of Georgia as witnesses of Feb 2014 Maidan shooting in Kyiv

Court allows questioning of two citizens of Georgia as witnesses of Feb 2014 Maidan shooting in Kyiv

Sviatoshynsky district court of Kyiv has satisfied a petition of defending lawyers of former Berkut officers accused of massacre occurred downtown Kyiv on February 20, 2014 regarding the questioning of two citizens of Georgia who could be witnesses of how unknown snipers shot participants of Revolution of Dignity and law enforcers. The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine gave its consent to the questioning of these two people.

"We can provide a possibility of implementing the right of defending lawyers to interrogate witnesses. The side of the representatives of the victims has the right to speak... These persons were not questioned during the pretrial investigation. It is necessary to establish what circumstances they can report," Prosecutor of General Prosecutor's Office Yanis Symonov said on 112 Ukraine TV channel during a break in the hearing.

According to him, the prosecutors gave their consent to question these persons as witnesses through international legal assistance.

"We believe that they can shed light on the circumstances of what happened on February 20. We will not object [the interrogation]," the prosecutor said.

Symonov also said that the Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine sent an international legal request to Georgia to get an opportunity to question these citizens as witnesses.

According to the media, this concerns the questioning of citizens of Georgia Koba Nergadze and Alexander Revazishvili in a videoconference mode from Armenia. They allegedly saw shooters on the buildings of the Ukraina Hotel and the Conservatory on Independence Square in February 2014, targeting both law enforcers and protesters.

Earlier, a documentary was shown on one of Italian TV channels, in which three Georgian citizens told that they were recruited in 2013 and shot both law enforcers and members of the Revolution of Dignity during the events on the Maidan in 2014.

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