Crimean court to consider Balukh's petition for early release

Source : 112 Ukraine

The meeting will take place on Monday, June 25 at 11:00
19:03, 24 June 2018

Radio Liberty

The petition of the defense of Ukrainian political prisoner Volodymyr Balukh about his early release will be considered on Monday, June 25, in the Zaliznuchny District Court of Simferopol. This is reported by the Crimean human rights group on its Facebook page.

According to the report, the meeting starts at 11:00.

We recall that in the occupied Crimea, Ukrainian Volodymyr Balukh received 3 years and 7 months of the colony-settlement on charges of allegedly illegal storage of ammunition. Human rights activists believe that he was repressed for pro-Ukrainian position, in particular for the flag of Ukraine, hanged in the courtyard of his house. Later, the court reduced the sentence for 2 months, excluding the point on the acquisition of ammunition from the charge.

Later, Balukh, protesting against the verdict, declared an indefinite hunger strike.

On April 2, the lawyer of Volodymyr Balukh Olga Dinze reported that the convict was illegally beaten by an escort after consideration of the appellate complaint. According to her, the administration of the pre-trial detention center refused Balukh to provide water on the grounds that he went on a hunger strike. Later, deputy chairman of the board of the Crimean Human Rights Group, Volodymyr Chikrigin, noted that doctors are not allowed to visit Balukh.

Later it was reported that because of a long hunger strike Balukh lost 30 kg in weight. June 15, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Mariana Betza noted that Balukh is in a critical condition. At the same time, the court extended his arrest until 14 August.

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