PGO notifies ex-deputy head of Kyiv Court of Appeal, 2 judges of suspicion on ‘Maidan cases’

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The Department for Special Investigations of the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office (PGO) continues to take measures to identify and prosecute judges and law enforcers involved in unlawful actions against participants in peaceful protests on Independence Square (Maidan Nezalezhnosti) in Kyiv in January-February 2014.

“On April 11, 2018, a notice of suspicion was approved under Part 2, Article 375 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine for a former deputy head of Kyiv Court of Appeal and two judges of this court in the adoption on February 6, 2014 in the composition of a panel of judges of a deliberately unjust decision to reject a complaint from the defense team of the arrested person and uphold an unlawful decision by a judge of a local court to apply the measure of restraint in the form of detention for an obviously innocent person, who was illegally detained by law enforcers on Lesi Ukrainky Boulevard in Kyiv on January 24, 2014 with several tires in his car and groundlessly prosecuted him for alleged involvement in the riots,” the PGO’s press service reported on Thursday, April 12.

In addition, according to the report, the former deputy head of this court is also charged with illegal interference in the work of the court’s automated system of document circulation, the responsibility for which is envisaged in Article 376-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.

The pretrial investigation continues. The issue is being solved and evidence is being gathered to bring to criminal responsibility other accomplices who committed these crimes.

“As a reminder, indictments were earlier passed to the courts in the case of former police investigators, prosecutors and a judge of a local court for illegal detention, falsification, bringing an obviously innocent person to criminal liability and making an unjust decision, and their trials are still ongoing,” the PGO said.

Part 2, Article 375 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine concerns the delivery by judges of a deliberately unjust judgment, decision or ruling, committed for mercenary motives and in other personal interests. It foresees punishment in the form of imprisonment for a term of five to eight years.

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