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 Court postpones hearing of the Maidan shootings case until June 15

Sviatoshynskyi District Court of Kyiv announced recess in the case of the Maidan executions due to the inability to elect a jury. The next hearing will take place at 2 p.m. June 15.

Two former employees of the Berkut special police unit, Serhii Zinchenko and Pavlo Abroskin are suspected in the shootings, Censor.NET reports citing Liga.

Berkut company commander Dmytro Sadovnyk escaped from house arrest. The court is studying one episode of crimes committed against Maidan participants - shooting of 39 activists on Feb. 20, 2014. 149 people have been acknowledged as victims.

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Today, during the hearing it became clear that the jury, approved by the city council are at the same time on the list of people's assessors, which is contrary to the law. After the first attempt to challenge the jury made by the defense the court conferred and announced that it sees no reason for the challenge. However, after a similar request by the lawyers of the victims, the court decided to adjourn to clarify the circumstances. "For me the situation is not clear. There are people who are on the list of people's assessors, approved in December 2014, and these same people were in the list of jurors, approved in April 2015. Since it is inadmissible for jurors to be people's assessors, one of these decisions had to be canceled. This court did not have this information," victims' lawyer Pavlo Dikan said.

According to him, the court could not get a list of jurors until mid-May and lawyers even had to file corresponding requests with the city council. Lawyers of the victims and the suspects declared that they had no claims against the people who are on the lists of jurors, and if the law discrepancy is resolved, the list of the jurors will be approved. Additionally lawyers of the victims inquired whether the jurors had any relatives in law enforcement, which could affect their decisions during the proceedings of the Maidan case, and the defense lawyers whether the jurors were directly involved in the protests.

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Previously, it was determined that the case of the executions of the Maidan protesters on Feb. 20, 2014 would be heard by two professional judges and three jurors. The court hearing is being held in Sviatoshynskyi District Court of Kyiv. Random selection identified two professional judges - Serhii Diachuk and Maryna Ozdoba, as well as alternate judge Andrii Skoryn. Seven candidates were selected for the jury. One of them did not show up, and another, as it turned out, could not be a juror in Sviatoshynskyi District Court because he lived in Shevchenkivskyi district of Kyiv -the city council made a mistake. Three jurors will be elected from these candidates and will take part in the hearing.


 
 
 
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