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Chief prosecutor, ombudsman spot-check SBU jail after UN abuse report

Yuriy Lutsenko probes reports about the torture of prisoners.

Chief prosecutor, ombudsman spot-check SBU jail after UN abuse report
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Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko and ombudsperson Valeriya Lutkovska on 6 May visited the detention centre of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) in Kyiv to consider the living conditions of the detained.

The check-up was in response to the UN report on torture in SBU detention centres, Lutsenko's press secretary said on Facebook.

"Prosecutor-General Yuriy Lutsenko asked ombudsperson Valeriya Lutkovska and SBU chairman Vasyl Hrytsak to inspect one of the detention centres in response to a statement by the Assistant UN Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Šimonović of alleged tortures in Ukraine, both on the part of separatists and the SBU," she said. Last week, Ivan Šimonović said that the SBU systematically rounds up and tortures suspected rebel sympathisers.

He also presented the report prepared by the UN Mission for Monitoring Respect for Human Rights in Ukraine. The report, covering the period from 16 February to 15 May 2016, contains accusations against the SBU.

The report documents hundreds of cases of illegal detention, torture and ill-treatment of detainees — both by pro-Russian armed groups and by government agencies.