The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in the case of Eduard Kovalenko

The Supreme Court upheld the verdict in the case of Eduard Kovalenko

On February 26th the Supreme Court considered the cassation appeal against the verdict in the case of the public figure Eduard Kovalenko, who was sentenced to 5 years under article 114-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine "Obstructing the legal activities of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other military formations".

The human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” attended the hearing and monitored proceedings.

During addressing the court, Kovalenko mentioned that during the period that investigative actions were carried out his father died and his mother was seriously ill. In this connection, she needs his support and care. In addition, the defender of Kovalenko mentioned that the witnesses in the case were never questioned.

However, the court took the side of the prosecutor, having considered that there weren't any violations and the decision of the Genichesky district court was reasonable.

Despite the fact that the opinion of one of the judges of the collegium of judges did not coincide with the decision taken by the court, the Supreme Court decided to calculate Eduard Kovalenko’s period of detention from June 21st 2017 to November 23rd 2017 in accordance with "Savchenko’s Law" (one year for every two), but otherwise leave the decision unchanged.

As was previously reported by the human rights activists of “Uspishna Varta” on Telegram, in January 2015 Eduard Kovalenko opposed mobilization in Ukraine. As a result, on January 26th 2015 the SBU initiated a criminal case under Article 114-1 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. More than two years later, in May 2017, the court sentenced Kovalenko to five years in prison, arresting him and sending him to prison.

The case of Eduard Kovalenko is being constantly monitored by the “Uspishna Varta” human rights platform.

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