A participant of EuroMaydan Andriy Kolomiets is accused of assault to murder of two former “Berkut” enforcers.
As the Crimean human rights group reports, Kolomiets is charged with several articles of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation: murder of two or more persons (uncommitted), possession of drugs, attempted crime. In general, he could face up to 20 years of imprisonment.
According to the human rights activists, the lawyer stated at the hearing that Kolomiets had been tortured after his detention, and furnished the Court with proofs of evidence tampering. Also a witness for the defense stated that the accused had signs of torture on his body.
The next hearing is scheduled for April 8.
Andriy Kolomiets is a citizen of Ukraine, a resident of Kiev oblast, he was born in 1993.
He was arrested in breach of Russia’s legislation in Kabardino-Balkaria (Russian Federation) on May 15, 2015 and then was brought to Crimea, and has been in the remand prison of Simferopol since August 13, 2015.
Kolomiyets previously reported that he had been tortured in the North Caucasus after his detention. According to him, it was done to make him give evidence particularly against another participant of EuroMaydan Alexander Kostenko.
According to the version of Russian investigation, Kolomiets is a member of the extremist organization “Ukrainian Insurgent Army” (UPA) and he attempted on the life of two officers of the Crimean department of the Special Enforcement Unit “Berkut” by pelting them with firebombs.
The Ukrainian Insurgent Army is not registered in Ukraine.
Earlier another EuroMaydan activist Alexander Kostenko was charged with 3 years and 6 months of imprisonment in Crimea.