01.02.17 10:58

Prosecution asks for three to 15 years in jail for Tornado Company fighters

The Obolon district court of Kyiv has completed the inquiry into the Tornado Company case. The prosecution is asking for 15 years in jail for company commander Ruslan Onyshchenko, his deputy Mykola Tsukur, and Danylo Liashuk.

A Censor.NET correspondent reports.

The prosecution is asking for the maximum penalty for Onyshchenko, Tsukur and Liashuk in the form of a 15-year imprisonment with the deprivation of the special rank of police lieutenant and the right to work in the law enforcement for a period of three years, military prosecutor Ruslan Kravchenko explained.

Illia Kholod, Anatolii Plomadiala and Maksym Hliebov are faced with 12 years in prison, Mykyta Kust - 11, Borys Hulchuk - 10, Roman Ivashov, Andrii Demchuk and Mykyta Svyrydivskyi - eight years each. Yurii Shevchenko, who has partially admitted his guilt, may be given a three-year probation.

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The prosecutors have already delivered their speeches in court. At the next meeting, the judges will hear the defendants and their lawyers. Then the ex-fighters will give their final word.

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Tornado Special Forces Company was formed as part of Ukraine's Interior Ministry.

Eight Tornado fighters, including company commander Ruslan Onyshchenko, were detained on charges of local residents' abduction, holding them in captivity, torture, murder, and a number of other serious crimes in June 2015.

Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Arsen Avakov signed the order to disband the unit on July 18, 2015.
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