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"Court" in Crimea illegally extended Volodymyr Balukh's term of imprisonment in the Russian colony

April 25, 2019 16:43 0 555
On April 24, the de facto Supreme Court in Crimea decided not to count the time spent by Balukh in the SIZO according to Russian legislation – day for a day and a half. The "court" decided to defend time according to the "day-to-day" principle, which will seriously prolong Volodymyr's term of detention.

The Presidium of the “Supreme Court” considered the cassation representation of the “Prosecutor’s Office” regarding counting Volodymyr Balukh's  time spent under house arrest in his time of imprisonment. The decision taken by the “judge” does not comply with Part 3 of Art. 72 of the Russian Criminal Code, according to which, the time of detention is counted in the lines of imprisonment with the calculation of the day for a day and a half. The reason for such a decision will be in the “court sentence”, which Volodymyr's lawyer Olga Dinze will receive later. Balukh took part in the meeting via video.

Ukrainian political prisoner Vladimir Balukh is in colony No. 4 (Torzhok, Russian Federation), where he was transferred from the Kerch colony No. 2 to serve his sentence on a trumped-up case. This transfering is contrary to the norms of international humanitarian law. On April 4, he was placed in a penal isolation ward of colony No. 4 (Torzhok, Russian Federation), where he was to stay until April 19.

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