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Crimean 'court' sentences Ukraine's Yevhen Panov to eight years in prison

The Ukrainian faced charges with preparing 'sabotage acts' on the peninsula in summer 2016; the man already spent two years at the pre-trial detention facility
12:16, 13 July 2018

Radio Liberty

Yevhen Panov, the Ukrainian citizen detained and judged in Crimea, got sentenced to eight years behind the bars of a high-security colony. The Crimean court announced the verdict in the case of the man, charged with preparing 'sabotage acts' in Crimea in summer 2016.

According to Interfax news agency, Panov already spent two years in detention at the pre-trial facility; this term is counted in his current prison term, so he will have to serve the time of six years.

Yevhen Panov is also accused of illegal storage of weapons and ammunition and an attempt to smuggle arms and ammunition.

The Ukrainian does not admit his guilt. The convict may file the appeal over the period of ten days since the verdict was announced; lawyer Olga Dinze already said she would do so.

Related: Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov faces 10.5 years in Russian high-security prison

Earlier, a 'prosecutor' of the Crimea Supreme Court, which is currently under the control of the Russian Federation, requested 10.5 years in prison for Ukrainian political prisoner Yevhen Panov.

In August 2016, The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation claimed to have detained Ukrainian saboteurs in Crimea. Russia says that Ukrainian diversionary group planned terrorist acts in the occupied Crimea, and Yevhen Panov, born in 1977, residing in Zaporizhia region, an officer of the Chief Directorate of Intelligence of the Ministry of Defence of Ukraine, was allegedly the leader of the group.

Related: Information about Panov’s death is fake, - Ukraine’s consul in Russia

Later Russian authorities released a video with Panov’s confession, however, Ukrainian human rights defenders stated that the video showed the signs of testifying under duress

Related: Ukrainian 'saboteur' Panov refuses to make deal with prosecution

Related: Crimean court extends arrest of Ukrainian Panov for six months

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