Central district court of Nikolaev on April 21 acquitted the former chief of the Nikolaev municipal government of militia Oleg Shevchuk in the case of attempt of dispersal of the local Euromayday, reports local news site “Crime.NO.”
Shevchuk was charged under part 2 of article 365 (“Excess of power or office powers employee of law enforcement body”) and article 340 (“Illegal obstruction of organization or holding of assemblies, rallies, marches and demonstrations”) of the Criminal code of Ukraine. Shevchuk accused on the night of 23 November, 2013 gave a number of illegal orders to his subordinates the police, aimed at preventing the holding of peaceful rally, which was accompanied by violence.
Prosecutors asked for five years of imprisonment with release from serving a sentence for a term of three years, and also deprivation of the rank of Colonel of militia. While the victims in the case told the court that they do not have personal claims to Shevchuk and asked to choose for him the most mild punishment. Shevchuk had previously asked the court to acquit and pleaded not guilty.
The decision in this case, the judge Svetlana Skripchenko, who acquitted Shevchuk discussed on March 9, 2017. The trial lasted from 11 June 2015.
It is known that according to the press service of the Prosecutor of the Nikolaev area, Shevchuk gave to the subordinated workers of militia illegal orders cease on the night of 23 November 2013 peaceful termless action in support of the signing of the Association Agreement between Ukraine and the EU. Thus between militiamen and protesters a fight was started, which injured three people.
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