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Crimean ‘court’ in Balukh case refused to examine prison videos
11:42, 17 May 2018

Crimean ‘court’ in Balukh case refused to examine prison videos

The lawyers insisted that this would allow determining if detention center head attacked

11:42, 17 May 2018

Crimean Human Rights Group

The ‘Rozdolnensky District Court’ of occupied Crimea on May 16 rejected the motion of Volodymyr Balukh’s defense on the examination of video recordings from the CCTVs of the temporary detention facility. It was reported by Crimea.Realities.

"The judge refused to conduct a technical examination of video recordings from the prison cell surveillance cameras, which recorded the incident between Volodymyr Balukh and the head of the detention center Valeriy Tkachenko.

The lawyers insisted that this would allow determining if detention center head hit Balukh to provoke him, according to the report said.

“I know the truth about what's happening. Tkachenko's subordinates were questioned yesterday. You saw how terrified they were to say something unnecessary about their head? But everything that witnesses said yesterday is a lie. I insist on conducting this examination,“ Balukh said.

In addition, the ‘court’ refused Balukh’s defend in the questioning of prisoners from temporary isolation cell, where the defendant was held.

The lawyers of the Ukrainian activist filed a motion requesting data on prisoners in the Rozdolnensky detention center on August 12, 2017, on the day when a conflict occurred between the head of the detention center Valeriy Tkachenko and Balukh.   

Related: United States demands Russia to free Ukrainian political prisoner Balukh

As it was reported earlier, the Russia-controlled Crimean court scheduled for May 15 a court hearing on the fabricated criminal case against Ukrainian activist Volodymyr Balukh, who has been starving in protest for more than 55 days. 

This criminal case is against Ukrainian (Article 321 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) was opened in August 2017, after Balukh and his lawyer filed a complaint to the police about the illegal actions of the head of the Rozdolnensky prison cell Valeriy Tkachenko, who insulted and hit the Ukrainian.

In response, Tkachenko filed a complaint against Balukh. According to Tkachenko, the Investigation Committee of the Russian Federation filed a criminal case against the activist on August 22, 2017, "the statement reads.

Related: Ukraine's Foreign Ministry demands to allow doctors to Crimean political prisoner Balukh

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