Cherkasy prosecution appeals the acquittal in case of beating
Prosecutor office will appeal the verdict of Sosnivsky District Court in Cherkassy. The verdict acquitting one of the former leader of the patrol service battalion of regional police. Journalist Ihor Efimov had been beaten because of officer's negligence during the protests in Cherkasy on Feb. 20, 2014. According to the website of the regional prosecutor's office.
At the prosecutor's office noted that former police officer was accused of a criminal offense under Part. 1, Art. 367 (negligence) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine.
"A former police officer accused of improper performance of his official duties and of unscrupulous attitude, he did not stop the actions of subordinates. Officers used physical violence and special means against activists and journalists near the Zolotonosha dam on Feb. 20, 2014. The prosecution is not agree with decision of acquittal in crime cases commintted during events of the Revolution of dignity. The prosecutor will appeal according to the appellate procedure,"- noted at the prosecutor's office.
As IMI informed earlier, on Dec.12 Sosnivsky Cherkasy District Court acquitted Petro Palyvoda, law enforcement officer, who was accused of beating Ihor Efimov, journalist of the newspaper "Vechirni Cherkasy" at the protests on Feb. 20, 2014 in Cherkasy.
On Feb.20, 2014, in Cherkasy, "Berkut" riot-police assault people at the checkpoint next to dam. Ihor Efimov, the photographer of the newspaper "Vechirni Cherkasy", was beaten by the riot-police and ended with bleeding head. 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.