April 29, 2016
The Law Society of Upper Canada expresses grave concerns about the murder of human rights lawyer Yuri Grabovski in Ukraine.
Yuri Grabovski was a Ukrainian human rights lawyer defending Aleksandr A. Aleksandrov, an alleged Russian intelligence officer. Yuri Grabovski disappeared on 6 March 2016 while returning to Kiev from a business meeting in Odessa. On 20 March 2016, Anatoly V. Matios, Chief Military Prosecutor of Ukraine, informed the media that a suspect in Yuri Grabovski’s disappearance had been apprehended.
Yuri Grabovski’s body was found on 25 March 2016 south of Kiev. Shortly thereafter, Anatoly Matios confirmed that the victim “was killed in a violent way and finished off with a firearm.” Since then, another suspect has been detained by the police.
Yuri Grabovski’s murder is the second killing of a lawyer in Ukraine this month and the fourth since January 2015.
The Law Society of Upper Canada wrote to His Excellency President Petro Poroshenko, urging the government of Ukraine to comply with Articles 16 and 23 of the United Nations’ Basic Principles on the Role of Lawyers.
http://www.lsuc.on.ca/newsarchives.aspx?id=2147485737&cid=2147502432 (VERSION FRANCAISE)