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Court puts Nord vessel captain on wanted list

The court made this decision after Gorbenko did not come to the courtroom again
17:26, 12 April 2019

Volodymyr Gorbenko
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On April 12, Kyiv Obolonsky District Court ruled to put the captain of the arrested Nord vessel Volodymyr Gorbenko on a wanted list, as Krym.Realii reported.

The court made this decision after Gorbenko did not come to the courtroom again. The representative of the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office asked to suspend the case and put the captain on the wanted list.

The prosecutor provided the reply of Ukraine’s Security Service (SBU) to the request of the Crimean Prosecutor’s Office which says that Gorbenko could not be forcefully taken to the courtroom as he is in the occupied Crimea.

Related: Ukraine says it cannot ask Russia to extradite Nord vessel captain

In his turn, the lawyer of the defendant Dmytro Shcherbina stood against the motion of the prosecution, said that there is no precise information on Horbenko’s location.

“The judge of Kyiv Obolonsky District Court Sergiy Rodionov supported the defence, he put Volodymyr Horbenko on a wanted list,” the message says.

Earlier, the Ukrainian border guards arrested fishing vessel-violator under the Russian flag in the Sea of Azov on March 25, 2019. The Nord vessel was stopped 15 miles from the Obytichna sandspit. The inspection defined that the vessel was registered in the temporarily occupied Crimea.

Related: Nord vessel captain never crossed border with Russia, Crimea, - Ukaine's Border Guard Service

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. The court arrested the vessel. Ukrainian border guards detained Volodymyr Horbenko on April 4.

The seaman is currently on the wanted list in Ukraine.

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