Igor Dzhadan was detained on April 29, 2015 by the SBU in Kharkov at the exit of the hospital where he worked as a doctor. The employees of a "law enforcement" body put a bag over his head, tied his hands together, and threw him into a car. He was then taken to some basement where he was hit with a baseball bat, and afterwards he was turned over onto his back, his face was covered with a wet towel, and they started to pour water on him without letting him breathe. In order to conceal their actions, the SBU took Dzhadan to the hospital in a semi-conscious state, indicating that they had found him beaten up on the street. In hospital he was under a fictitious name, while his relatives were looking for him in hospitals and in law enforcement agencies. After three weeks of detention, without being given the chance to contact relatives or a lawyer, Igor Dzhadan on May 21, 2015 (on a stretcher, in an ambulance) came to the SBU for interrogation, where he was detained and the investigative judge subsequently chose a measure of restraint in the form of detention.
At the moment, the criminal proceedings concerning the charges brought to Igor Dzhadan under part 2 of article 110; part 2 of article 258; part 3, part 4, and part 5 of article 27; part 2 of article 258; part 1 of article 258-3; part 2 of article 28; part 1 of article 32; part 1 of article 263; part 3, part 4, and part 5 of article 27; part 2 of article 28; part 2 of article 298; part 3, part 4, and part 5 of article 27; part 2 of article 28; part 1 of article 338 of the Criminal Code are being heard in the Dzerzhinsky district court of Kharkov.
On December 14th the Dzerzhinsky district court of Kharkov held a hearing concerning the case of Igor Dzhadan. Instead of considering the case in essence, the court once again extended the measure of restraint imposed on Igor Dzhadan in the form of detention for 2 months. According to Igor Dzhadan, more than half of the interrogated witnesses are seeing the accused for the first time. In total Igor Dzhadan has been in the pre-trial detention center for more than 3 years. In one of his first interviews Dzhadan talks about the charges imputed to him, his state of health, the course of consideration of his case, and many other things since being arrested. More about Dzhadan’s case is here.
After 4 years, the doctor and publicist Igor Dzhadan (Kharkov) was also released from the pre-trial detention center on bail. On July 4th, 2019 the Dzerzhinsky District Court of Kharkov issued a decision to change the measure of restraint. And already on July 12th, after bail was paid, Igor Dzhadan was released from the pre-trial detention center.
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