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.
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.
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.