He verdict on the case of Ukrainian sailors captured by Russian in Kerch Strait might be delivered this fall, as the lawyer Ilya Novikov, who defends Roman Mokryak, the commander of Berdyansk boat, said, Hromadske reports.
According to Novikov, the case might be sent to the court in August, and the sentence for the sailors is expected this fall. The lawyer added that after that, the sailors will be dismissed.
“In August the case will be in court, in September – the process begins, in October, November – verdict. This is my predictions, everything can be delayed, but I estimate the terms like this for now,” Novikov explained.
He assured that he does not expect sailors to be exchanged for RIA News Chief Editor Kyrylo Vyshynsky accused of state treason in Ukraine. Yet, the lawyer stressed that both of the processes might influence each other as they are held simultaneously.
“Russia realizes that this is a problem, it needs to be solved soon. After the Tribunal, they have accelerated the investigation and completed it in less than two months. Anyway, sailors will return soon, but not so soon as we want it,” the lawyer added.
Earlier it was reported that Russian prosecution pressed final charges against 24 Ukrainian sailors illegally held in the Russian jail.
On November 25, 2018, Russian border guards seized the Ukrainian Yana Kapu raid tug and small armored artillery boats Berdyansk and Nikopol of the Naval Forces of Ukraine in the Kerch Strait area, using weapons.
As a result of the incident, 24 Ukrainian sailors were detained and arrested. They were transported from Crimea to the Moscow Lefortovo detention facility. In addition, three Ukrainian sailors wounded during the shelling by the Russians were transferred to the Prison Hospital.