Another Abducted Activist ‘In Court’ in Crimea Under A Terrorist Article

‘The Supreme Court of Crimea’ decided to keep in custody another Ukrainian abducted in Kherson and transferred to Crimea – Pavlo Zaporozhets’, an ATO veteran

On August 12, ‘SUSPIL’NE’, referring to Natalya Bimbirayte, a human rights defender and a public activist, reported that ‘after three months of captivity and torture’ the Russian military had transferred 32-year-old Pavlo Zaporozhets’ from Kherson to the occupied Crimea. According to the activist, Pavlo Zaporozhets’, who participated in the ATO (anti-terrorist operation), was arrested by the FSB in May.

A case was opened against Mr.Zaporozhets’ under RF Criminal Code Article 30-3 (attempt) and Article 361-1 (act of international terrorism). The penalties of the article from ten to twenty years’ sentence or life imprisonment.

The ‘Kievskiy District Court’ of Simferopol imposed a detention in custody as pre-trial restraint, though the detention period remained unknown.

As stated on the ‘court’ website, ‘a terrorist act was being prepared against the civilian population and military personnel of the Russian Federation during festive events devoted to Victory Day in the Great Patriotic War.’

On August 24, 2022, the ‘Supreme Court’ of Crimea considered an appeal against this judgement and left the pre-trial restriction unchanged.

As the CHRG reported, Yaroslav Zhuk, a volunteer, who was abducted in Melitopol in June, is being held in the Simferopol Pre-trial Detention Center and is also accused of committing an act of international terrorism.

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