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 Court finds suspects in Odesa May 2 case not guilty of turmoil

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Illichivsk city court in Chornomorsk, the Odesa region, found the suspects in the case of May 2, 2014 events in Odesa not guilty of mass riots at Hretska Square.

The reading of the sentence continues, Censor.NET reports citing Interfax-Ukraine.

The court found the evidence of accusation of participation and organization of the charged persons in mass riots which resulted in grave consequences (death and trauma of people) invalid.

In addition, the court concluded that the investigation into the case was not of high quality, and pointed to a number of shortcomings and gaps in the conducted investigative actions. For example, during the investigation, only one police officer was interrogated from among those who attended Hretska Square.

The court also found the testimony of the sole witness of the prosecution Oleksandr Posmichenko biased, who claimed that the defendants were involved in the crimes they were charged with, and the court therefore decided not to take them into account in the sentencing.

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The testimony of other witnesses, according to the court, does not confirm the participation of the suspect in mass riots, especially in their organization.

In addition, the court excluded a number of proofs from the list of evidence in the case because they were obtained in violation of the norms of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The court found the photo and video materials provided by prosecution unsatisfactory. According to the court, the prosecutor's office could not in any way confirm that the photo and video depicted the suspects. And the latter did not confirm it was them on the photos and videos.

The court found the allegations of the prosecution that officials and top state officials of the presidency of Viktor Yanukovych were involved in organizing the events of May 2, 2014 in Odesa unproved and unsubstantiated. At the same time, the court believes that the investigation unreasonably missed out the actions of the authorities after Maidan, including Andrii Parubii and former head of the Odesa Regional State Administration Volodymyr Nemyrovskyi.

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On May 2, Odesa residents commemorate people killed in May 2, 2014 tragedy. On that day, 48 persons were killed, 200 wounded in riots. Most of them fell victims of the fire in the Unions Building.

The conflict began as a group of armed militants arrived at Oleksandrivskyi Prospekt and stopped the march 'For united Ukraine.' A fight soon occurred, spreading to neighboring streets. Witnesses say the first person killed on pro-Ukrainian side was a demonstration participant shot from an automated weapon. People brought flowers to Preobrazhenska Street, where he died, several minutes after his death. Separatists were shooting Odesa residents under police cover.

Later, the conflict moved to Kulykove Pole. Separatists hid in the Unions Building, which subsequently caught fire. Witnesses say the fire fighting vehicle arrived some 30 minutes late. Pro-Ukrainian activists, who remained outside, were trying to get the people outside the burning building.

The events of May 2, 2014 have been actively used by Russian propaganda to fuel anti-Ukrainian sentiments.Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n455792