Case of beating Cherkasy journalist dropped due to statute of limitations
The case of beating Cherkasy photojournalist Ihor Yefimov has been dropped due to the statute of limitations after five years of trial. The Sosnivsky court in Cherkasy issued such a decision in early July, as Kropyva reported.
The prosecutor had no objection as to the closing of the case due to the statute of limitations.
As IMI reported, on February 20, 2014, in Cherkasy, "Berkut" riot-police beaten. Ihor Efimov, the photographer of the newspaper "Vechirni Cherkasy", and other people at the checkpoint next to dam. The journalist was wearing the "Press" vest, badge and a camera. On that day he performed editorial task, and members of the riot-police prevented his work at the dam.
February 5, 2015, the Prosecutor of Cherkasy region sent indictment for negligence of one of the leaders of the battalion patrol during protests in Cherkasy on Feb.20, 2014 to the court.
The Prosecutor's Office of Cherkasy region asked the court to sentence the law enforcement officer to three years in prison.
On December 12, 2016, the Sosnivskyi District Court in Cherkasy acquitted law enforcement officer Petro Palyvoda, accused of beating Vecherni Cherkasy journalist Ihor Yefimov during a protest rally because he was not an official on the day of the crime and so there was no corpus delicti.
Igor Yefimov filed an appeal against the sentence of the Sosnivsky District Court of Cherkasy of December 12, 2016, which acquitted the only suspect in the case of beating a journalist.
On March 30, 2017, the Cherkasy region Court of Appeal acquitted Petro Payivoda, former deputy commander of the patrol service battalion of the Cherkasy Oblast Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs.