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You're reading: Demand for long sentences in gravely flawed Zaporizhya church bomb trial

The three
are charged with the bomb blast in the Zaporizhya Svyatopokrovsk Church on July 28, 2010, which killed an elderly nun. The prosecutor has demanded 15 years for Serhiy Dyomin, and 14 for his younger
brother Anton Kharytonov and Yevhen Fedorchenko, both of whom were sacristans of the
church.

The case is well-known largely because the day after the explosion
President Viktor Yanukovych ordered the enforcement bodies to effectively solve
the case and find the culprits within the week. The then interior minister
stated just as publicly on Aug. 6 that this had been done.

A number of people, including former political prisoners, independent
defense lawyers, human rights activists, journalists and others have signed
an appeal (http://blogs.telekritika.ua/?id=3202 ) to participants in the
EU-Ukraine Summit on Feb. 25 asking for this case to be raised. 

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