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Court closes case against sailors of Nord vessel

The term of the consideration of the case in the court expired and the border guards cannot appeal this decision
17:51, 30 August 2018

State Border Guard of Ukraine

The crew of the Nord vessel detained in the Azov Sea will not take the administrative liability for the illegal crossing of the border of Ukraine as the term of the consideration of the case in the court expired. Thus, the border guards cannot appeal this decision as spokesperson of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine Oleg Slobodyan reported on Facebook.

“So, on July 23, due to the expiration of the three-month-term of the prosecution of people, the court closed the case as the possibility of the prosecution is not provided in such circumstances,” Slododyan said.

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He also claimed that the citizens of Ukraine, the members of the Nord crew (the citizenship of Ukraine was confirmed during the trial) can return to the place of the permanent residence, occupied Crimea, anytime they want to.

At the same time, the Prosecutor’s Office of Crimea reported that the pretrial investigation in the criminal proceeding in the suspicion of the captain of Nord was finished.

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The captain was reported about the finish of the investigation on the illegal fishing and violation of the order of the entrance to the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine and the departure from there.

As the suspect and his defenders will familiarize with the materials of the case, the indictment will be sent to the Appeal Court of Kyiv to define the jurisdiction and the further consideration.

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Reportedly, the Ukrainian border guards arrested fishing vessel-violator under the Russian flag in the Sea of Azov on March 25.

The Nord vessel was stopped in 15 miles from the Obytichna sandspit. The inspection defined that the vessel was registered in the temporarily occupied Crimea. Besides, the members of the crew violated the order of the exit from the temporarily occupied territory of Ukraine. All of them had the so-called Russian passports, issued in Kerch. Later, the court arrested the arrested vessel. Ukrainian border guards detained Volodymyr Gorbenko on April 4.

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Also, the captain of the vessel was detained but later was released on bail. The other members of the crew tried to leave the territory of Ukraine with the help of representatives of diplomatic institutions of the Russian Federation and get to the occupied Crimea. Ukrainian border police didn’t let them through because the crew didn’t have legal documents with them, which would verify their identity.

Although, two crew members of the Nord vessel arrived in Crimea.

Court has returned the crew of Nord vessel Russian passports on June 19. Yet the lawyer of the sailors noted that his defendants can’t leave Ukraine because there is no final court decision on the case. The same day, the court refused to extend the ban on the captain of the vessel to travel to Crimea.

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