Greek court sentences Ukrainian sailor to 70 years of imprisonment

Source : 112 Ukraine

On appeal, a sailor got a new term instead of release
13:19, 16 April 2018


A Greek court sentenced Ukrainian sailor Anatoly Cherkassky to 70 years of imprisonment as Vesti reported.

According to Cherkassky, he learned about the court decision from an advocate.

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In 2015, Cherkassky was imprisoned for 204 years for the involvement in the transporting of the illegal refugees from Syria at the Greek sheep, he was an Assistant Captain.

‘I was sure that I would be released. An appeal court sentenced me for seven years and according to the Greek system, it is 32 months. It is a term that I have already served. The translator told me so and then with the advocate congratulated me. The Ukrainian consul also came to the Athenian prison to congratulate me and emphasized that it is his credit’, Cherkassky said.

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According to him, when the translator and advocate learned about 70-years term, they were completely puzzled.

‘They are sure they heard absolutely different information. The Greek judges said one thing and wrote another one’, the Ukrainian claimed.

Vasyl Kyrylych, the Head of Department of Consular Support said to Vesti that ‘it will be possible to talk meaningfully about this after the familiarizing with the case’.

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In March 2018, the Greek court sentenced Ukrainian sailor Denys Brovchenko to 180 years of the imprisonment for the transporting of the illegal refugees from Syria.

Also, Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry reported that 42 citizens of Ukraine were convicted and 78 Ukrainians are under the investigation in Greece due to the accusation of the transfer of the illegal migrants.

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Earlier we reported that 214 Ukrainian sailors imprisoned in Greece, India, Spain, Libya, Oman and Sri-Lanka as the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine reported.

According to BIMCO and ISF, 69,000 Ukrainians worked at foreign ships in 2015. Ukraine was enlisted to the TOP-6 largest supplier of the workforce to the ship owners.

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