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Closed trial of "Crimean saboteurs" in Russia
08:18, 6 December 2016
Closed trial of "Crimean saboteurs" in Russia

Defendants’ lawyers argue that Panov and Zahtey had no relation to sabotage preparation

08:18, 6 December 2016

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Lefortovo District Court of Moscow extended the arrests of Ukrainian citizens Evgen Panov and Andriy Zahtey who are accused of preparing terrorist attacks in the occupied Crimea. However, the lawyers of defendants insist that they were just private taxi drivers, writes Kommersant.

The Court session on December 5 was held behind closed doors. As it became known, two citizens of Ukraine were indicted in the end - Panov and Zahtey. They are accused of "attempted sabotage and participation in illegal armed groups".

At the same time the lawyers of the accused claims that Zahtey and Panov had no relation to the preparation of sabotage. Panov’s lawyer said that he came to the Crimea to work as private driver. On August 7 he was detained at the border post have when he was returning. According to the FSB, over the last three days Panov drove one passenger, who may have been involved in preparing terrorist attacks in the peninsula.

Zahtey, according to his lawyer, also worked as a taxi driver in Crimea. He said that on August 6 in the evening some unknown people called and offered Zahtey to take three men with luggage near Suvorovo village in northern Crimea. He was promised a generous reward.

Related: Russian FSB and “Crimean saboteurs:” details of the case

But on the way to the village Zahtey’s car was stopped by the FSB, according to him. They reported that his clients are suspected of preparing sabotage and asked him to assist in their detention. When Zahtey, along with the FSB, among whom was Lieutenant Colonel Kamenev, arrived at the place, the gunfire started. During the shooting Kamenev was injured, and later he died in the hospital.

At first, as noted, the FSB allegedly could not ascertain Zahtey’s role in the incident, but later the investigator considered him as an accomplice of the saboteurs and filed charges.

Earlier it was reported that Panov and Zahtey are in Lefortovo. “Crimean saboteurs” were taken to Moscow with bags on their heads.

Related: Moscow court extended arrest of Crimean “saboteur” Zahtey for three months

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