Russia’s Supreme court upheld sentences of Sentsov and Kolchenko

The Supreme court of Russia upheld the decision of the court of first instance against the Ukrainian citizens — the Director Oleg Sentsov and activist Alexander Kolchenkosentenced to 20 and 10 years in a strict regime colony, respectively. As UNIAN news Agency reports, the decision was announced by judge of the Supreme court of the ravens.

Sentsov’s lawyer asks Supreme court to return the case Ukrainian Director in the Prosecutor’s office
Lawyers Sentsov and Kolchenko will seek the return of the defendants to Ukraine

The lawyers of the convicts demanded to drop the charges for lack of evidence creating a «terrorist community», as the decision of the court of first instance is based on speculation and testimony unknown sources.

Lawyer Dmitry dinze stressed that Sentsov has never acknowledged his guilt, and even torture by FSB officers.

Dinze said that the court must either justify Sentsov, or to refer a case for investigation to the defense presented evidence and had the opportunity to check facts of torture of key witnesses Alexey Cherniya and Gennady Afanasiev.

Kolchenko’s lawyer Svetlana Sidorkina stressed that the decision of the court of first instance should be declared illegal and unjustified as the court’s conclusions set out in the decision, do not correspond to the actual circumstances.

Sidorkin also stressed that there is no proven existence of «terrorist groups» under the direction of Sentsov. According to her, the fact of meeting people is not such a proof. She also stressed that there is no evidence that Sentsov and Kolchenko are members of the «Right sector», which is confirmed by certificate signed by the leader of the «SS» Dmitry Yarosh. She is confident that this criminal case is «artificial», it is created in favor of Russian politics, and convicted persons should be acquitted for lack of corpus delicti.

The Prosecutor stated that the decision of the court of first instance is correct and sentence Sentsov and Kolchenko «fair» and not subject to mitigation.

«The main military Procurator’s objection to the satisfaction of appeals of protection and asks the verdict of the North Caucasus military district court against Sentsov and Kolchenko to leave without changes», — said the Prosecutor.

As reported, Ukrainian Director Sentsov and activist Kolchenko detained by FSB officers in Crimea in spring 2014. Kolchenko and Sentsov was transferred to Russia, where he was tried on fabricated charges of organizing terrorist attacks and arsons of offices of the parties on the Peninsula. Both pleaded not guilty.

Sentsov was accused under part 1 of article 205.4 of the criminal code (organization of a terrorist community and participation in it), part 2 of article 205 of the criminal code (terrorist act), part 1 of article 30, part 2 of article 205 of the criminal code (preparation for a terrorist act), part 3 of article 30 part 3 of article 22 of the criminal code (attempted illegal acquisition of explosives) and part 3 of article 222 of the RF criminal code (illegal acquisition of explosives).

August 25 this year, a court in Rostov-on-don sentenced Sentsov and Kolchenko, and sentenced them to 20 and 10 years imprisonment in a strict regime colony, respectively.

In Russia the human rights center «memorial» called Sentsov and Kolchenko political prisoners.

Sentsov’s lawyer asks Supreme court to return the case Ukrainian Director in the Prosecutor’s office

Protection of Ukrainian Director Oleg Sentsov, who was sentenced to 20 years in the case of the terrorist attacks in the Crimea, asks to cancel the sentence and the case sent back to the Prosecutor’s office due to existing shortcomings, writes Interfax-Ukraine.

«I would ask the court to send a case back to the Prosecutor’s office that law enforcement officials were able to subsequently present to the court evidence and to afford the defendants the opportunity to exercise their right to defense»,- said Dinze in the Supreme court of the Russian Federation on Tuesday, November 24, considered the appeal on sentence to the defendant.

The oversight Agency should be given the opportunity to «double-check all this array of evidence» — «to represent facts, damning to our client or to close the criminal case for lack of corpus delicti,» said Dinze.

According to him, in fact, there are documents, validity of appearance raises questions, and during the judicial investigation the defense was not given the opportunity to question the experts.

In turn, the representative of the Chief military Prosecutor’s office stated that «the factual circumstances presented by the court of first instance correctly».

«The court has correctly established actual circumstances and gave them proper legal assessment», — said the Prosecutor.

Earlier, the lawyers Sentsov in his complaint highlighted the injustice of a court decision, admitted procedural irregularities, and discrepancy between the actual data information that is given in the decision of the judge.

Lawyers Sentsov and Kolchenko will seek the return of the defendants to Ukraine

Protection Sentsov and Kolchenko, convicted in Russia for preparing terrorist acts in Crimea, will make their return to Ukraine.

«There are two kinds of exchange is a political when a state agree on the exchange, as was the case with Estonian spy Kohora, and the second, which is enshrined in bilateral agreements between Russia and Ukraine, when the person to punishment serving in a country which citizens they are,» said Svetlana Sidorkina.

«We will use both options,» she said.

In turn, Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry dinze said that the protection of convicts will continue to achieve sentence cancellation.

«Next we will be writing the appeal, and will resolve the issue of exchange,» he said.




Russia’s Supreme court upheld sentences of Sentsov and Kolchenko 24.11.2015

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