: Four Right Sector fighters to go on trial for terrorism

16:32 Jun. 25, 2016

Four Right Sector fighters to go on trial for terrorism

Right Sector members in Odesa protest against arrests of their comrades after the Mukacheve shootout, July 12, 2015 (UNIAN Photo)

Charges against them are linked to Mukacheve shootout, which took place on July 11, 2015

Four members of the ultranationalist group Right Sector were charged with terrorism, Ukraine's Prosecutor General's office reported on Friday, June 24. As the officials stated, the accused would go on trial over an incident that took place in Ukraine's western town of Mukacheve last year.

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On July 11, 2015 a gunfight occurred in the town during a conflict between the Right Sector and the people, reportedly close to Ukrainian MP Mykhailo Lanyo.

According to representatives of the Right Sector organization, Lanyo himself had called them to hold talks, because the Right Sector started interfering with the flows of contraband in the region.

According to vague reports, three people were killed in the shootout, and around ten more were wounded. Ukraine's prosecution, which had conducted the investigation of this incident, classified it as an act of terrorism.

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In addition to these charges, the Right Sector members were accused of committing several more crimes during 2014-2015, namely death threat, illegal possession of lethal weapons, destruction of private property etc.

If found guilty, the suspects could be sentenced to up 15 years in prison. The prosecutors report, they are conducting another criminal investigation against five other Right Sector fighters, linked to the Mukacheve shootout, who are declared fugitives. 

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