It was noted that the activist participated in the session through a video conference from the remand prison.
On 13 July, Zheleznodorozniy District Court of Simferopol rejected the consideration of the application of the lawyer concerning the conditional release of Balukh on his first sentence (the Ukrainian activist was sentenced to three years and four months of imprisonment).
At the beginning of the court hearing, the Prosecutor Denys Myshkin filed a request for stop the consideration of the application on the conditional release in the first sentence as the new verdict (five years of imprisonment) has been already delivered and it does not provide for the conditional release. The Judge Dmytro Mykhaylov granted the Prosecutor’s request.
Reportedly, as of September 5, Balukh is hungering for 171 days. He lost 30kg over the period of the hunger strike.
As it was reported earlier the ‘February 26 case’ is the infamous case of several Crimean Tatar activists detained by the Russian ‘authorities’ of Crimea in 2014; the protesters are suspected of ‘organization and participation in the mass disturbances in Crimea on February 26, 2014’, when the Crimean Tatars tried to prevent the occupation of the peninsula by Russian troops and the overthrowing of the Ukrainian authority there. Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermenji were arrested in April and May 2014, respectively.
Earlier the court of Simferopol extended the detention period for Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermenji. Thus, the detained Crimean Tatars will stay behind the bars until January 7, 2017.