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Court sentences ex-member of Crimean Parliament to 12 years behind bars for state treason

Vasyl Hanysh will remain under house arrest until the decision comes into force
19:21, 19 November 2018

Vasyl Hanysh, former member of the Crimean Parliament, who was sentenced to 12 years behind bars for state treason on November 19, 2018
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Kyiv Dniprovskiy District Court sentenced former member of the Crimean Parliament Vasyl Hanysh to 12 years behind bars on November 19, as KrymRealii reported.

Hanysh has been found guilty of state treason. The court found that Hanysh contributed to Russia’s subversive activities in Ukraine when he participated in voting for the Russian “Constitution of Crimea.” The court found his participation in “the elections” to Feodosia city council, held in September 2014, illegal.

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Hanysh is obliged to pay $206 of court costs. The convicted will remain under house arrest until the decision comes into force.

The prosecution demanded to sentence former MP to 12 years of imprisonment at the debates. Hanysh himself and his lawyers asked to find him not guilty and fully acquit. Hanysh stated that “he has never committed a crime against Ukrainians and Ukraine,” and in his opinion, witness testimony proves this.

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As it was reported earlier, Military Prosecution filed a lawsuit against former MP of the Crimean Parliament Vasyl Hanysh, accusing him of treason, deliberately committed at the expense of the sovereignty, territorial integrity and inviolability of the state.

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