19-year-old citizen of Ukraine Artur Panov, sentenced for 8 years for preparing a terrorist attack in Russia, has health problems, but the court neglected this circumstance. Radio Svoboda journalist Anton Maumliuk told this to 112.UA Channel.
“In fact, Panov has a health problem. This was known when he lived in Luhansk oblast. He has all the medical certificates, and he court didn’t have a right to neglect them. Nevertheless, they ignored them,” he said.
The journalist also informed that the witness statements were controversial.
“The statements of witnesses, prosecutors are very controversial. It’s either he wanted to detonate in the main square in Rostov during some mass event, or in a movie theatre,” Naumliuk said.
Panov and his “facilitator” Smyshliaev are appealing to court. Moreover, Panov has already addressed the ECHR for violating his rights to liberty and security, and right to fair trial (Articles 5 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights).
19-year-old Artur Panov moved to Rostov-on-Don from Ukraine in November 2015, and was detained in December 2015 under the suspicion of preparing a terrorist attack.
The prosecution believes, he was planning to perform a terrorist attack with a self-made explosive, which he wanted to detonate in a big shopping mall. 34 year-old Russian Maksim Smyshliaev was charged with facilitation. Smyshliaev denied the allegations, Panov admitted partly.