Kostenko’s verdict appealed in EU Court of Human Rights

Ukrainian human rights activists have lodged a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights about a verdict handed down to Euromaidan activist Alexander Kostenko, said Dmitriy Sotnikov, Kostenko’s lawyer.

3 September 2015 15:55

“A complaint has been lodged with the European Court of Human Rights! As of today, that is the only real help Ukraine has given, work being done by Ukrainian medias excluded. While the state of Ukraine is being silent, civil society is taking action! We want the powers that be in Russia to know that Russia will soon have to pay an unprecedentedly high price for arresting a Ukrainian patriot unless it cancels all the unlawful verdicts and holds those guilty of doing injustice responsible!” writes the lawyer on his Facebook page.

Just a reminder: On May 15, 2015, Simferopol’s Kievsky District Court sentenced Alexander Kostenko to 4 years and 2 months in a correctional facility for inflicting bodily harm on a Berkut riot squad police officer in February 2014 and illegally possessing firearms components.

Kostenko’s defense said they were going to appeal the verdict at the European Court of Human Rights. In August, Kostenko’s sentence was reduced by three months to 3 years and 11 months by the Supreme Court of Crimea.