The psychological and psychiatric judicial expertise against 20 captured Ukrainian sailors took place in Russia, where they are illegally held under trumped-up charges. Nikolai Polozov, the lawyer who protects their interests posted that on Facebook.
'The expertise against the remaining four will take place by the end of the next week', Polozov wrote.
He admitted that the defense team protested, but the expertise still occurred.
'The investigation refused to grant the motion for the pleas filed by the lawyers of our team (...) These actions of the investigation team will be contested', Polozov said.
According to him, the next court hearings is slated for April 16 and 17. The detention term for the captured sailors will be extended.
24 Ukrainian sailors and three Navy vessels were captured by Russian special service in November 2018, as the ships were on their way across the Kerch Strait. The Russian military opened fire, wounding three Ukrainian servicemen. All 24 were arrested and charged with 'violating the Russian border'. Ukraine stated it was an act of direct aggression by the Kremlin. All Ukrainian sailors consider themselves prisoners of war.