Moscow City Court extends imprisonment of eight Ukrainian sailors, - lawyer

Source : 112 Ukraine

It means that sailors will still be held in Lefortovo prison till the end of April
23:30, 13 February 2019

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Moscow City Court has ruled to keep eight Ukrainian POW sailors in prison. The lawyer Nikolai Polozov wrote this on Facebook.

First of all, the court heard the appeals from Serhiy Chuliba, Yuriy Bezyazychnyi, Yuriy Budzyl, and Bohdan Nebelytsia. Then, they heard Viacheslav Zinchenko, Mykhaylo Vlasiuk, Denys Hrytsenko, and Andriy Drach. 

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In both cases, the court declined the complaints. It means that sailors will still be held in Lefortovo prison till the end of April.

It should be noted that the court did not pay attention to the special status of prisoners of war, established by the Geneva Convention of 1949 "On the Treatment of Prisoners of War".

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“The appeal is the necessary stage for the prisoners to further apply to the European Court of Human Rights”, - Polozov said.

As we reported earlier, on November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov. Ukrainian ships were rejected passage via the Kerch Strait, Russian coast guards opened aimed fire on them.

All 24 sailors on board were captured and delivered to Moscow – 21 of them were delivered to Lefortovo remand center, another - to the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison.

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the attack in the Kerch Strait.

Facing an extension of the sentence term, Ukrainian POWs detained in the Kerch Strait refused to testify in Lefortovo court. Sailors were distributed into six groups, four people in each. On January 15, 2019, Moscow's Lefortovo district court decided to keep 20 Ukrainian sailors in remand until April 24. On January 16, the court extended the detention term for another 4 sailors.

As we reported, lawyer Nikolai Polozov, who deals with the defense of Ukrainian prisoners of war, confirmed that three Ukrainian sailors wounded in the Russian Navy attack on Ukrainian ships were brought from Matrosskaya Tishina to Lefortovo prison in Moscow. He also added that it happened on Monday, January 28.


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