The Poltava court will hold a judicial conference on the case against the mayor of Kharkiv Gennady Kernes, who is accused of kidnapping and beating of participants of " euromaidan ".
Prosecutor General's office first filed a case against Kharkiv mayor and his guards. Blame them in the kidnapping and beating of participants of "euromaidan" in March of last year. If guilt Kernes will prove, to it threatens from five till ten years of imprisonment. The mayor of Kharkiv rejects all charges in your own address.
After 2 transfers the consideration of the case Kernes court in Poltava 28 may still held. Thirty minutes before the meeting, the Mayor of Kharkiv accompanied by a guard came to the Kiev district court, where it was met by dozens of active participants with Ukrainian flags and police.
the meeting lasted nearly six hours. During this period of time the lawyers Kernes three times filed a petition for disqualification of the Prosecutor, indicating that he did not provide the defence with access to the materials production, prevents the result, and wrote in the indictment that the fault Kernes has been proved, thus violating the presumption of innocence. For the decision of the judge three times went to the jury room, because of what the meeting was interrupted several times.
for its part, the protection of victims saw this as a deliberate delaying the judicial process. Anyway, none of the petitions, the court dismissed, lawyer and mayor Alexander Gunchenko completely denied the accusations, explaining that Their requirements are dictated by the pursuit of objective justice.
During one of the breaks Kernes said that the case against him was falsified, and criticized the prosecution of the interior Minister Arsen Avakov in the attempt on his life. In the end, the judge satisfied the petition of lawyers to examine materials of criminal proceedings, and following a case conference Kernes moved to July 3.
at the end of February 2014 in Ukraine there was a coup, fresh authorities placed the responsibility for all incidents occurred in the process of " euromaidan ", the former leadership of the country. Were criminal cases concerning a number of bureaucrats, and special police force "Berkut" dissolved.