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Crimean "court" refuses to provide translator for Ukrainian sailor

Source : 112 Ukraine

Varimeza and three more sailors have been left in custody. At the same time, the detention term was reduced for a day, until January 24
11:07, 20 December 2018

AFP

On December 19, Russia-controlled 'Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea' refused to consider an appeal of the defence of the Ukrainian citizen Volodymyr Varimeza and refused to provide him with the translator. His lawyer Anri Tsiskarishvili reported on Facebook.

“My defendant was denied to have a translator, and the parties’ arguments concerning the fact that Volodymyr is a POW are ignored,” the lawyer wrote.

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Both participated in the session in a video conference mode from “Lefortovo” prison.

Varimeza and three more sailors have been left in custody. At the same time, the detention term was reduced for a day, until January 24.

On November 25, the coast guard ships of the Russian Navy attacked the ships of the Ukrainian Navy, which have been carrying out a scheduled transition from Odesa port to Mariupol port in the Sea of Azov.  

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21 Ukrainian sailors have been delivered to Lefortovo remand center in Moscow, three others are in the hospital of Matrosskaya Tishina prison, also in the Russian capital.

On December 3, the Russian prosecutors officially accused Ukrainian sailors with the 'illegal crossing of the state border' during the Kerch Strait incident.

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