Friday, October 10, 2014

Numerous Flaws found in Ukraine's probe of Maidan massacre

Interesting and timely considering the MH-17 debacle.
Perhaps Kiev’s cover up is unraveling?

Maidan smoldering- no peaceful protests

"In a country where justice often isn’t blind, there’s another possibility: Sadovnyk was being framed, and saw flight as his best option. In court last month, he called the case against him “a political lynching.” In the days before he vanished, his wife and his lawyer say, Sadovnyk and his family received death threats.
A Reuters examination of Ukraine's probes into the Maidan shootings - based on interviews with prosecutors, defence attorneys, protesters, police officers and legal experts – has uncovered serious flaws in the case against Sadovnyk and the other two Berkut officers.

Among the evidence presented against Sadovnyk was a photograph. Prosecutors say it shows him near Kiev’s Independence Square on Feb. 20, wearing a mask and holding a rifle with two hands, his fingers clearly visible.

The problem: Sadovnyk doesn’t have two hands. His right hand, his wife told Reuters, was blown off by a grenade in a training accident six years ago. As prosecutors introduced the image at a hearing in April, said Yuliya Sadovnyk, her husband removed a glove and displayed his stump to the courtroom.
“He can’t really shoot,” said Serhiy Vilkov, Sadovnyk’s lawyer. “To blame him for the crime is a political game.”
Is it any wonder this man and his wife fled. If he is missing his entire hand and has only a stump, obviously he can't be the man in the photo! What kind of trial was that? Really?
"The probes into the killings have been hindered by missing evidence. Many guns allegedly used to shoot protesters (or not) have vanished; many of the bullets fired were taken home as souvenirs. Barricades, bullet-pierced trees and other items of forensic evidence were removed, lawyers say."
Guns that can't be examined as evidence?
Trees completely removed before evidence was taken?

Additional problems
"The two prosecutors and a government minister who have led the Maidan shooting probes all played roles in supporting the uprising."
Conflict of interest?
"Another gap in the prosecution: To date, no one has been apprehended in the shooting of policemen. According to Ukraine’s Ministry of Interior Affairs, between Feb. 18 and 20, 189 police officers suffered gunshot wounds. Thirteen died"
No one apprehended for the shooting of 189, including thirteen dead police officers.
"In addition, the former acting general prosecutor who oversaw the arrests of the three Berkut officers declared on television that they “have already been shown to be guilty.”

Families doubt the validity of the proceedings-

"Even some of the bereaved families question the fairness of the proceedings. Serhiy Bondarchuk, a physics teacher, died of a gunshot wound to the back on the morning of Feb. 20. His son, Volodymyr Bondarchuk, said the killing is one of the 39 in which Sadovnyk and his two colleagues are suspected. Volodymyr said that based on his own inquiries, he doubts the three were responsible for his father’s death.

“They are trying to close the case because their bosses and the community just want to have someone to punish,” he said. “The investigation does not have enough evidence to prove the guilt of these three people.”

Volodymyr Bondarchuk recently helped organise an association of about 70 families of dead protesters. “The main aim for us,” he said, “is an objective and accurate investigation.”
Objective and accurate? From the fascists in Kiev? What do the actions of Kiev in this instance, suggest to readers about the likelihood of the same political, cover up/ to fit the agenda,  in the MH17 incident?
Highly suggestive to me that indeed Kiev will lie, lie and lie again. Then lie some more!

Related Flashback- German TV- Who were the Maidan Snipers?

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