3 July 2018, 15:14
UPT metes out prison terms from three years to life to 18 Poroshenko regime officials
LUGANSK, July 3 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian People’s Tribunal for investigating the Poroshenko regime’s war crimes against Ukrainian citizens passed sentences on 18 incumbent Kiev government officials and their associates, UPT presiding judge Elena Shishkina said at a press conference in Donetsk on Tuesday.
“The UPT has held more than 40 sessions overall (open to the public and in camera - eds Lugansk Media Centre),” the Donetsk News Agency quoted Shishkina as saying.
LIFE IMPRISONMENT WITH PROPERTY CONFISCATION
Under the verdict on incumbent Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko and seven officials of his regime, announced in Lugansk on June 22, all the suspects were guilty of serious and very serious crimes against Ukrainian people and sentenced to life imprisonment with property confiscation. The convicted persons are Poroshenko, Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, National Security and Defence Council Secretary Alexander Turchinov, Prime Minister Vladimir Groisman, Chief of the General Staff Viktor Muzhenko, Defence Minister Stepan Poltorak, parliament speaker Andrey Parubiy and former Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
FROM OLIGARCHS TO FORMER RIGHT SECTOR ACTIVIST
The UPT met the prosecutor’s petition for separate review of cases against ten more suspects including former and incumbent senior Ukrainian prosecutors, business tycoons, a nationalistic deputy and mass media representatives.
“The UPT was reviewing the case while strictly adhering to Ukraine’s Criminal Procedure Code,” Shishkina said. The panel of jurors stated that the defendants did not deserve leniency.
Oligarch Igor Kolomoiskiy stands prominent among the persons convicted by the UPT on July 2. He was chairman of the Dnepropetrovsk regional state administration at one time. The billionaire, found guilty of ten counts, was sentenced to life in prison with confiscation of property. He had been accused of abusing power, unleashing a military conflict, setting up paramilitary formations in violation of the law, abetting banditry and other offences.
Another Ukrainian oligarch - Sergey Taruta - who headed the Donetsk regional state administration in 2014, was found guilty on four counts: concealing crime, abuse of power, setting up paramilitary formations in violation of the law, their funding and arranging procurements for them. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.
The UPT sentenced to six to ten years in prison five persons who occupied senior positions at the Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office since the winter of 2014. Prosecutor General Yuriy Lutsenko, former PGO Heads Vitaliy Yarema and Oleg Makhnitskiy were sentenced to ten years in prison, former Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin to eight years and former acting Prosecutor General Yuri Sevruk to six years for concealing crimes, abuse of power or office, criminal prosecutor of innocents, illegal detention, compulsion of evidence with violence, and violation of the right to defence.
Former leader of the Right Sector nationalistic organisation banned in the Lugansk People’s Republic, the Donetsk People’s Republic and Russia was sentenced to 12 years in prison for complicity in carrying out terrorist attacks.
The UPT sentenced two mass media representatives who had been serving the Poroshenko regime. Chairman of Ukraine's National Council for Television and Radio Broadcasting and Novosti Donbassa (Donbass News) editor-in-chief Alexey Matsuka had been charged with public calls for aggressive war and unleashing a military conflict. Artemenko, who had been accused of actions towards unleashing aggressive war and deliberate obstruction of journalists’ professional activity, was sentenced to seven years. Matsuka was sentenced to three years.
On March 15, the Initiative Group of Ukrainian citizens living in Donetsk and Lugansk announced the establishment of the People’s Tribunal for the crimes committed in Donbass by the Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko’s regime. The Tribunal operates in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation and norms of international law. Presiding judge Elena Shishkina, judges Lyubov Batyashova and Tatyana Kravchenko, prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin, lawyer for the defence Elena Gridina and a panel of 12 jurors (six of them are Lugansk region natives) take part in UPT sessions.
Ukrainian People’s Tribunal began to work on March 20. The first hearing was held in Donetsk on March 26-27.On March 26 and 27, the Ukrainian People’s Tribunal brought charges against eight Poroshenko regime officials and reviewed the use of armed forces against civilians.
At the April 2 session which addressed the setting up of illegal paramilitary formations by the Kiev regime, the UPT heard the testimonies of eight victims (including six Lugansk region residents) and two witnesses. On April 3, the Tribunal reviewed charges of tortures, lootings and robberies brought against the suspects. On April 17, it completed the two-day hearing of the fourth batch of charges concerning war propaganda. On April 25, the UPT reviewed the charges of Donbass blockade and on April 26 the charges of genocide. In the course of the May 21 session, UPT prosecutor Sergey Kozhemyakin demanded life imprisonment for the Ukrainian president and his associates for the crimes against Donbass people.
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