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Case Of Ukrainian Student's Death In Custody Sent To Court

Students light candles near a portait of fellow student Ihor Indyl in Lviv in June.
KYIV -- The case of a Ukrainian student's controversial death while in Kyiv police custody has been sent to court, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reports.

The presidential office's press service said on October 11 that Prosecutor-General Oleksandr Medvedko told President Viktor Yanukovych in a meeting that the case of Ihor Indyl's death had been sent to the Kyiv City Court.

Indyl, 20, died in Kyiv's Shevchenko district police station on May 25 in unclear circumstances.

Police said Indyl was drunk when he was brought to the station, and injured himself when he fell down. But Indyl's parents and rights activists dispute that account and say he was beaten by the police.

The prosecutor-general's press service told RFE/RL that the district inspector and the duty inspector of the Shevchenko district police department had been charged with abuse of power and negligence that led to the student's death.

The Prosecutor-General's Office ordered the Interior Ministry to take steps to prevent a recurrence of the "tragedy."

Meanwhile, the Kyiv city prosecutor office's press service told RFE/RL that the investigation was unable to determine conclusively if Indyl had been beaten by the police.