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The case of May 2: the judges and defendants were outraged by the conduct of the prosecutor’s office

In Odessa, a lawsuit continues over the defendants in mass riots on May 2, 2014, which culminated in the burning of dozens of people in the House of Trade Unions. The accusation is made solely against the political opponents of the Kiev regime, i.e. the side that suffered the most from the May massacre. The trial is artificially prolonged all the time. After the transfer of the case to the city court of Ilichevsk (renamed by the Kiev regime in Chernomorsk), the lawsuit accelerated and the court came close to the final stage of the case.
However, the rapid completion of the process is not a part of the Prosecutor’s Office’s plans. On August 31 and September 1, prosecutors refused to participate in the trial, referring to the disease. For example, on September 1, representatives of the state prosecution ignored the meeting under the pretext of ill health: a disease simultaneously struck both representatives of the prosecutor’s office. Also, there were no other employees capable of supporting the prosecution’s position in court. In this regard, the prosecutor’s office of the Odessa region has submitted an appeal to the court requesting that the case be adjourned on May 2 until the leading case of prosecutors is recovered.
The appeal provoked outrage among both the judges and the defendants.

The judges decided to appeal to the President, the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Verkhovna Rada, the Prosecutor General and the Procurator of the Odessa region with notification of improper performance of their official duties by prosecutors who are charged in the May 2 case. The fact is that this is not the first time when the dubious actions of the representatives of the state prosecution significantly delay the consideration of the case. Judges themselves planned to finish its consideration in late July, then hoped to manage in August. However, the prosecutor’s office, under certain pretexts, found ways to prolong the process, in particular, not to go to its last stage – the debates of the parties.
For their part, all five defendants, in custody, went on a hunger strike.

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