Case against Kolchenko and Sentsov includes classified info
16:59, 21 July 2015

Case against Kolchenko and Sentsov includes classified info

Russian North Caucasus District Military Court ensures some information concerning criminal case against Ukrainians Kolchenko and Sentsov cannot be made publiс

16:59, 21 July 2015

The Joint Group of the Public Observation, a human and constitutional rights activists who monitor and mediate the legal processes, wrote on Twitter that “the further consideration of the case will be closed private as it contains “classified information”.

The Court also permitted Sentsov and Kolchenko to meet with the relatives. The lawyers insisted that the meeting with the Ukrainian consul is a part of the constitutional rights of defendants and asked to consider Sentsov Kolchenko and as citizens of Ukraine, while in the case file are they are listed as citizens of Russia. Meeting Ukrainian consul is available only after the criminal proceedings against Sentsov and  Kolchenko and is reviewed on its merits, stated the Court.

Oleh Sentsov and Olexander Kolchenko have been accused of membership in Ukraine's fire-right paramilitary group “Pravyi Sektor”, a claim that both Sentsov and Right Sector deny. Russian prosecutors have stated that Sentsov has confessed to the terrorist plots, but Setsov himself have stated that he was beaten and threatened with rape to force him to confess. 

Oleksander Kolchenko, a Crimean social activist and antifascist, held in captivity by the Russian authorities, is charged with committing “acts of terrorism” and “belonging to a terrorist community”. He is threatened to carry a 20-year maximum prison sentence.

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