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Statement of the Ministry of Interior of Ukraine
11 January 2014 17:36

Ministry of Interior of Ukraine launched several criminal proceedings on the facts of hooliganism and violence against police officers, and interference with the judiciary.

 

During the yesterday’s sentencing of the persons accused of terrorist act, a group of activists, led by the MPs under the banner of the "Svoboda" movement picketed the Kyiv-Sviatoshyn court.

 

Some picketers blocked the exits from the courtyard of the Kyiv-Sviatoshyn court and adjacent streets in order to stop the passage of the service vehicle.

 

When the vehicle of the police convoy regiment with the convicted persons tryied to leave the territory of the court the protesters began to behave aggressively. Radical activists threw water bottles and stones towards the court building and the service vehicle, while blocking a traffic. Despite the demands of law-enforcement officers to stop public disorder, some activists continued to impede the movement of the service vehicle, while trying to provoke a conflict with the police.

 

In order to provide a free passage of the service vehicle officers of a special police unit “Berkut” sidelined protesters from the official vehicle, creating a corridor for its passage. The jostling began. Meanwhile, unknown persons have damaged a window of the vehicle of the police convoy regiment by throwing stones towards police officers. As a result of the unlawful acts the facade of the court building was damaged. In addition, during the reading of the verdict the judge was splashed in the face with an unknown substance.

 

Bacause of these actions nearly two dozen of the officers of a special police unit “Berkut” received various injuries. One of them was hospitalized with a broken leg.

 

Currently Ministry of Interior of Ukraine launched several criminal proceedings according to Part 3 of Art. 296 (Hooliganism), Part 2 of Art. 345 (Threats or violence against a law-enforcement officer) and Part 1 of Art. 376 (Interference in the judiciary). Such actions envisage a punishment by imprisonment for up to 5 years.

 

Department of Public Relations

Ministry of Interior of Ukraine

 

 

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