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Specialized High Court Overturns Border Guard Kolmohorov's 13-Year Jail Sentence, Frees Him From Custody

Specialized High Court Overturns Border Guard Kolmohorov's 13-Year Jail Sentence, Frees Him From Custody

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The Specialized High Court for Civil and Criminal Cases has overturned the 13-years jail sentence of border guard Serhii Kolmohorov, who was convicted of murdering a civilian in Mariupol (Donetsk region), and released him from custody.

Presiding Judge Stanyslav Kravchenko announced the decision of a panel of judges, the Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The Specialized High Court for Civil and Criminal Cases upheld an appeal by Kolmohorov's defense lawyers to overturn the rulings of the court of first instance and the appeal court.

The panel of judges decided to return the case to the court of first instance for retrial.

In addition, the Specialized High Court for Civil and Criminal Cases decided to release the border guard from custody.

The people present in the courtroom applauded the court's decision.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, the parliament's human rights representative Valeriya Lutkovska said that Kolmohorov's rights were violated during the consideration of his case in court.

On November 15, 2016, the Prymorskyi District Court of Mariupol sentenced Kolmohorov to 13 years in prison for the murder of a civilian.

The court ruled that the accused deliberately fired at a Skoda car on the outskirts of Mariupol in the evening of September 7, 2014, as a result of which Inna Rozhkova, a 30-year-old resident of Donetsk, was killed.

Kolmohorov said he was following orders from his superiors to stop a suspicious car that failed to respond to demands from law enforcement officials.

The Prosecutor-General's Office denied that such orders were issued.

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