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Arrest extended for figurants of "Ukrainian saboteurs" case in Crimea

It is about illegally detained Ukrainians Volodymyr Dudka, Oleksiy Bessarabov and Yevhen Panov
08:08, 5 April 2018

Crimean Human Rights Group

Sevastopol City Court of the occupied Crimea on April 4, 2018, extended arrest for the figurants of "Ukrainian saboteurs" case Volodymyr Dudka and Oleksiy Bessarabov for another 3 months. This was reported by the Crimean Human Rights Group.

The relatives of Volodymyr Dudka say that both figurants of the "Ukrainian saboteurs case" were left in jail until July 8.

It was noted that the hearing was open.

In addition, today, on April 4, the "Supreme Court" of Crimea left in custody for another 6 months another figurant of the "case of Ukrainian saboteurs" - Yevhen Panov.

The hearing of Panov was held in the closed session. It is reported that the first hearing to consider this case is scheduled for April 16.

Related: Trial behind the closed doors: case of “Ukrainian saboteurs”

As we reported earlier, Yevhen Panov was detained in the case of preparation of acts of sabotage in the Crimea on August 15. The total number of detainees reached nine in this case. Moscow blames Ukrainian intelligence in arranging the attacks.

The District Court of Simferopol has arrested the second suspect in the allegedly preparing "terrorist acts" in occupied Crimea Andriy Zahtey on August 13.

Previously, Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov was beaten with a metal pipe in the first few days after the arrest. Panov told the lawyer that he had been kidnapped on August 7 by the FSB operatives. It is not specified where exactly he was kidnapped, in Crimea or in the continental Ukraine. When abducted he was hit in the forehead, the cut marked on photos and videos confirms it. In addition to the physical torture, said Panov, psychological one was applied to him too.

Related: Sevastopol Court Arrests three detained “Ukrainian saboteurs”

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