Russian court sentences ATR TV channel owner to 19 years in jail in absentia

Source : 112 Ukraine

Lenur Islyamov will be appealing the court decision in the ECHR
16:20, 10 December 2020

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Russia-controlled Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea sentenced Lenur Islyamov, the ATR TV channel owner to 19 years in high-security penal colony. The decision was made in absentia. The Crimean Tatar public figure is charged with creation of armed formation and organization of sabotage in the occupied peninsula - as well as six cases of public calls for actions aimed against Russia's territorial integrity via media.

Krym.Realii reported that on December 10.

At that, in their sentence, the judges banned Islyamov from working in media organizations for two years, and restricted his freedom for the term of one year.

Islyamov himself did not comment on the court's decision. According to him, there's no use in it. The official claimed he would file an appeal against this decision in the ECHR.

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Ukraine's parliamentary ombudman Lyudmyla Denisova responded to the decision of the Crimean Supreme Court. She called the entire trial a "kangaroo court", and urged the international society to respond to outrageous repressions conducted by the occupant country against Ukrainian citizen. "(...) all charges against the Ukrainian citizen are trumped-up and are based on political framework, and the criminal case that was initiated on the eight articles was fabricated", she said.

Related: Deputy CEO of ATR TV channel claimed "terrorist" in Russia

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