Twelve Ukrainian sailors to stay in Russian custody till April 26

Source : 112 Ukraine

The session was held behind the closed doors
20:33, 15 January 2019


Twelve of the 24 Ukrainian sailors detained in the Kerch Strait will remain in the Russian remand center until April 26. Hromadske news agency reported this on Tuesday.

The court held the session behind the closed doors, as the FSB demanded. However, the verdict was announced out in the open, with the press and relatives of the sailors present. Some of the detainees refused to testify, only calling their names and ranks.

The lawyers of the detained sailors asked that the military court considered their case since the seamen are the POWs. The judge declined that request. 

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

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 attack in the Kerch Strait.

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