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Gryb delivers last plea in court, wishes political prisoners to 'endure captivity with dignity'

Source : 112 Ukraine

He denied all charges from the Russian FSB, calling them 'bandits and murderers'
19:26, 21 March 2019

Pavlo Gryb, the Ukrainian political prisoner
Hromadske

Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb delivered his last plea in North Caucasus military court in Rostov-on Don, Russia. Hromadske reported this, quoting Gryb as he spoke during the court debates Thursday.

'For the first time, I get this chance to say my word. My final plea, in which I'd like to finally tell how it actually happened', the young man said.

Gryb denied all charges from the Russian FSB, calling them 'bandits and murderers'. He also claimed that no one had reasons to believe that neutral Belarus would actually 'appear to be dangerous'.   

Related: Court debates on case of Ukrainian political prisoner Gryb begins in Russia

Pavlo wished all fellow political prisoners to endure the captivity with dignity, 'standing for truth and conscience'. He concluded his speech with the words 'Glory to Ukraine! Glory to the Ukrainian nation!' 

As is known, the debates on the case of Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb began Thursday, March 21.

Russian special service detained the 19-year-old boy on August 25, 2017, when he went to Gomel (Belarus) to meet his friend. Later, he was convoyed to Russia. The Russian law enforcers suspect Pavlo Gryb of preparing a terrorist attack at a school in Sochi (a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia, located on the Black Sea coast, - 112 International).

Related: Film about Ukrainian political prisoners showed at European Parliament

Russia did not provide the European Court of Human Rights with information about the Ukrainian political prisoner Pavlo Gryb's health status.

Pavlo Gryb was not allowed to see his mother and the Ukrainian consul. Russia promises to give permission to the meeting with the consul, but only after the verdict. Yet, the consular convention signed between Ukraine and Russia does not provide for such refusal.

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