Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland has welcomed the decision by a Ukrainian court to grant amnesty to activists arrested during violent clashes on Bankova Street in Kyiv two weeks ago. Jagland said this in a statement on December 13, according to Ukrinform. "This is a good sign. I raised the case of the nine detainees with the prime minister and justice minister of Ukraine during my visit to Kyiv last week. Their release could be a first step towards resolving the crisis in Ukraine," he said. According to the secretary general, the next step should be to implement his proposal and ensure an objective and thorough investigation, under the supervision of an advisory panel. He said that as he discussed with the opposition and the government, the Council of Europe is ready to nominate a respected international human rights expert to chair this panel. As reported, on December 3, Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv arrested for two months nine Euromaidan activists who were detained on Bankova Street on December 1 for organizing the storming of the Presidential Administration.

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