During today's trial against Kharkiv Mayor Kernes and his two guards Vitalii Blinnikov and Yevhen Smytskyi, Kyiv district court of Poltava considered motions and moved on to review the merits of the case.
Prosecutor Oleksandr Hanilov read out the indictment in full. The Kharkiv mayor and his guards are formally charged under three articles: Part 2 of Article 146 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (tortures) - punished by restriction of freedom for up to five years or imprisonment for the same period; Part 2 of Article 127 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (illegal deprivation of liberty or kidnapping) - punished with imprisonment from five to 10 years; Part 1 of Article 129 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (death threat) - punished by imprisonment for up to six months or restriction of freedom for up to two years.
As reported, the Prosecutor General's Office charges Kharkiv Mayor Hennadii Kernes with abductions, tortures and death threats against Kharkiv Euromaidan activists. Meanwhile, Hennadii Kernes has been recently reported to seek reelection as mayor of Kharkiv. His candidacy has been put forward by "Vidrodzhennia" party.