18 Sep 2017 18:07

Five defendants in May 2, 2014 Odesa events case released

CHERNOMORSK. Sept 18 (Interfax) - The Ilyichevsky City Court in Chernomorsk, Odesa region has released from the courthouse five defendants in the case concerning the May 2, 2014 events in Hrecheska Square in Odesa, an Interfax correspondent reported.

The Ilyichevsky City Court had earlier found the defendants guilty.

The prosecution's evidence that the defendants organized and took part in riots entailing grave consequences, i.e., death and injury, was inadequate, the court found.

As many as 48 people were killed and over 200 were injured in mass riots in Odesa on May 2, 2014. Most of them died at the House of Trade Unions. Investigators said that mass disturbances in Odesa had been organized and deliberately plotted.