Sternenko's release: Odesa court refuses to consider lawyers' intercession

Source : 112 Ukraine

Sternenko filed an appeal on March 5
21:21, 5 March 2021

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The Prymorsky Court of Odesa refused to consider the intercession of the lawyers of the radical activist Serhiy Sternenko to change the verdict. Sternenko's defender Andriy Pysarenko informed about it, as Suspilne reports.

Pysarenko noted that the defense had fulfilled all the necessary formalities. In addition, judge Serhiy Kichmarenko, who is considering the case of the third attack on Sternenko, allegedly promised the lawyers that their application would be considered immediately after the hearing.

Related: Rally in support of Sternenko: Protesters appeal to authorities with demands

"But the judge has not even begun to consider. In his justification, he noted that Serhiy is being held in the Odesa pre-trial detention center, which territorially belongs to the Malynivskyi district. Therefore, we must apply to the Malynovsky District Court. But Sternenko was brought to the Prymorsky Court and here that his rights and freedoms were violated," Pysarenko said. 

As we reported earlier, Serhiy Sternenko was  found guilty of abducting a person and sentenced to 7 years and 3 months in prison. This decision was made by the Prymorsky Court of Odesa.

The court recognized the seized during the search items as admissible evidence. Sternenko himself claims that the search of his home was carried out without a lawyer, with whom he was not allowed to contact. The testimony of local deputy Serhiy Shcherbych, who accuses Sternenko of his abduction, was also found credible.

The court also ruled for the confiscation of half of Sternenko's property as a punishment and decided to take the activist into custody in the courtroom.

On February 23, a rally with 2,000 people took part took place near Office of the President of Ukraine. It was organized by supporters of radical activist Serhiy Sternenko; they demanded his release. The participants of the rally announced an indefinite protest action near the Office of the President of Ukraine.

During the clashes on Bankova Street, 27 law enforcement officers received eye burns while maintaining law and order.

On March 5, Sternenko appealed and demanded his immediate release.

Related: Rally in support of Sternenko: Protesters throw smoke grenades at Prosecutor General’s Office


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