Separatists’ trials begin in Kharkiv
After the detention of nearly 70 individuals, who had seized the Kharkiv Oblast State Administration building (KhOSA) and proclaimed the Kharkiv People’s Republic, protest actions in the city have virtually ceased.
The first court sessions, which were to decide on pre-trial restraint measures for the detainees, were slated for Wednesday, 9 April. Criminal proceedings were initiated against the detainees under Article 294 Paragraph 1 (riots), punishable by imprisonment for up to eight years. The trial began on Thursday, 10 April. As of this morning, three of the suspects are to be detained for 60 days.
According to one of the detainees’ relatives, the judge granted a conditional release, setting bail at 180,000 hryvnias. The trial is closed, and almost a hundred police are guarding the court building. Our interviewee also stated that some of the detainees’ names remain unknown.