"Taking into account all the circumstances of the hearing, the panel of judges decided to proceed to the hearing on the merits on March 23. The court session will start at 1 p.m.," presiding judge Oksana Hardina stated.
Popov's lawyer Mykola Karnaukh was dissatisfied with the court's decision, but at the same time expressed hope that it will help to quickly find and punish those responsible for the dispersal of the Maidan activists.
"I believe the court's decision to be unjustified and unmotivated, but on the other hand, it suits us because my client wants objective clarification of the circumstances of the case as soon as possible. We hope that the indictment which will be heard by the court will be further investigated given our position. The truth will be determined. And those persons who have exceeded official authority, namely the representatives of the police, will be brought to justice," Karnaukh said.
The PGO pre-trial investigation charged Oleksandr Popov with aiding law enforcement officers who severely beat 84 activists on Maidan Nezalezhnosti in Kyiv on Nov. 30, 2013. He is charged with pt. 2 Art. 28, Art. 340 (illegal obstruction of assembly, committed on preliminary arrangement by a group of persons) and pt. 5, Art. 27, pt. 3 Art. 365 (aiding in the abuse of power or official authority by law enforcement officers) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.