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 Former head of SBU in Kyiv Shcheholiev, suspected of crimes against Maidan activists, can be released due to delays in courts, - human rights activist

The scheme by which Rostyslav Zavorotnii, suspected of arming "titushky" during the Maidan protests, is to be released on March 27, can also be applied for the release of the former head of the SBU in Kyiv and Kyiv region Oleksandr Shcheholiev, who headed the SBU "anti-terrorist" operation on Feb. 18-20, 2014.

Human rights activist and executive director of the Lawyers Advisory Group Taras Hataliak said, Censor.NET reports.

According to him, the Court of Appeal of Kyiv is to determine the jurisdiction of the case at 12:15 a.m. today, i.e. it will assign the district court which will consider the indictment of the prosecutor's office regarding Shcheholiev. If the Court of Appeal or the district court delay the decision, the term of Shchoholev's custody may simply end and the law enforcers will be forced to release him, he stressed.

Read more: Zavorotnii, suspected of arming "titushky" during Maidan protests, can get out of custody

According to him, Shcheholiev's lawyers deliberately delay the process to declare the disqualification of judges, prosecutors, etc. "The risk that Shcheholiev may eventually be released is quite high," the human rights activist said.

Hataliak stressed that such a scheme has already been used several times, in particular, in the case of Zavorotnii. He does not exclude that there is some "headquarters", where various procedural moves are designed to delay consideration of cases, which leads to the release of the key suspects in crimes against Maidan activists.

"The Court of Appeal of Kyiv directed the hearing of this criminal proceeding to the Pechersk district court of Kyiv only on March 2, 2016. The Pechersk district court received the case almost two weeks later!" the activists underlined.

"It turned out that all judges in the Pechersk court were involved in this case as investigating judges and cannot consider the case," the report reads.

The Court of Appeal of Kyiv directed the case to Sviatoshynskyi court only on March 25, 2016. The case got to the court almost at 3 p.m. on March 25.

These "accidental" circumstances led to coming automatic release of the suspect from custody on the night of March 27, 2016.

 
 
 
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