The so-called ‘court’ of the occupied Crimea will today hold a hearing in the case of Crimean reporter Mykola Semena. Crimean Human Rights Group reported that at Facebook with reference to Krym.Realii.
Previously, March 20, the reporter’s defense team asked to re-schedule the hearing to make the trial more transparent and accessible for the press. According to lawyer Emil Kurbedinov, the session hall was too small for the reporters to fit in, and it was not coincidental, since ‘it’s a common practice for such high-profile political cases’.
Mykola Semena, the correspondent of Radio Liberty was detained by Russian special services in Crimea was detained in April 2016. In December 2016, he was charged with ‘extremism’ – in fact, for his pro-Ukrainian articles. Human rights watchers in Ukraine urge Russia to release Semena and his Ukrainian colleagues.