Court refuses to commute penalty of illegally detained in Crimea Ukrainian Balukh

Source : 112 Ukraine

He could barely stand in the court and leaned on the bars of the cell all the time
11:34, 6 April 2018

Crimean Human Rights Group

The so-called Supreme Court of Crimea refused to satisfy appeal of the defense of Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian activist to commute his penalty as Crimea.Realities reported.

The advocates asked the court to commute the penalty of Balukh because his detention in the remand center is more severe penalty than the penal settlement provided by the sentence.

Related: Health state of illegally detained in Crimea Ukrainian Balukh worsens, - MFA

The activist refused to participate in the debates: ‘I am on the hunger strike for 18 days. I am exhausted’.

Balukh could barely stand in the court and leaned on the bars of the cell all the time

Lawyer Olha Dinze reported that the convoy beat Volodymyr Balukh, the illegally convicted in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian activist on April 2. In addition, according to her, the administration of the pre-trial detention center refused to give Ukrainian political prisoner water, saying he was on a hunger strike.

Related: Ukraine’s ombudswoman asks Russian colleague to check information on beating of Balukh by convoy

As it was reported earlier, Volodymyr Balukh, the Ukrainian citizen illegally judged in the occupied Crimea claimed that he goes for a timeless hunger strike. Balukh protested against the verdict in his case, announced in January 2018. The jury sentenced him to three years and five months for the alleged storage of ammunition. As it is currently effective, the detainee now serves time in jail.

In December 2013, when the Euromaidan movement began in Ukraine, Balukh supported its activists and hoisted a Ukrainian flag over his house. It remained there – even after the so-called referendum in Crimea in spring 2014 when people were forced to vote for Crimea’s recognition as part of the Russian Federation. Balukh said he never recognized the peninsula as part of Russia.

Related: Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh pressured to end hunger strike

Volodymyr Balukh was detained by the Russian FSB (federal security service) in his house in December 2016. The law enforcers said they found 90 cartridges and several TNT blocks on the house’s rooftop.After that, he was sentenced to three years and seven months of imprisonment.

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