Crimean activist of Euromaidan sentenced to 4 years in prison

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Alexander Kostenko, accused in bodily harm to the policeman of “Berkut”, was found guilty.

That was today’s decision of Kyiv district court in the city of Simferopol.

The accused was sentenced to 4 years and two months in prison without the fine of 80 thousand rubles, [approximately 1600 USD], as was requested by the prosecutor. The court took into account the mitigating factor: the accused has a small child.

He was kept in custody up until the court decision will come into force.

After sentencing the Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaia announced that the “justice privailed”. She also reminded that the mitigating factor was only a formality because the accused does not even know when his child was born.

Kostenko does not consider the sentence well-founded and does not consider himself guilty.

Kostenko’s lawyer demanded to drop charges due to the complete innocence of the accused.

Open hearings of Alexander Kostenko’s case began on April 20th in Kyiv District Court of Simferopol. He was accused of an assault on the Crimean police task force unit “Berkut” in Kyiv.

Maidan activist Alexander Kostenko was detained in February in the Crimea. Right now is in the remand prison of Simferopol. Russian authorities accuse him of throwing a stone at the Ukrainian police officer on the 18th of February, 2014.

Kostenko made a statement about tortures in the remand prison.

On Manch the 24th Kostenko’s case was brought to the Kyiv District Court of Simferopol.

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