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UN: Evidence on mass murder in Odessa mostly destroyed

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In front of the Trade Union House in Odessa the day after the massacre.

Christoph Heinz, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary and Arbitrary Executions briefed journalists in Kiev on September 18 (from 4:00 to 5:15 in the video below):

[…] As it’s to be expected, I looked at the Maidan protest and subsequent investigations into those events and also looked at the events of the second of May in Odessa.

In general, my concern applied to both these incidents that many of the pieces of evidence were destroyed directly after the events. It’s difficult to have proper follow-up and the processes of accountability have been extremely slow in terms of identifying the perpetrators. […]

In particular in respect of Odessa of concern is the low profile the police had during these events, and also the long period that the fire brigade took to come to the Trade Union House in spite of repeated calls to them to say that the Trade Union House was on fire. […]

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