Court repeatedly convicted a Ukrainian activist in Crimea

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The Razdolnensky District Court of Crimea convicted a citizen of Ukraine Vladimir Balukh in “public insult of the representative of the authorities in live of duty” and again sentenced him to 320 hours of corrective labour.

This is reported by the Crimean human rights group.

Earlier, on February 5, 2016, a different composition of  the same court sentenced Balukh to the same punishment, but a higher court overturned the verdict and sent the criminal case for a new trial.

On November 14, 2015 Balukh’s house was searched by police. The search was motivated by a carjacking in the village of Razdolnoe on October 10, 2015. This fact was prosecuted and cross-examined as a witness revealed that Balukh “stored the stolen car at home, cannibalized it and sold from it”.

The Razdolnensky Court placed Balukh under administrative arrest for 10 days. He was found guilty of disobeying a lawful order or request of a police officer.

In Vladimir Balukh’s own opinion, his openly expressed pro-Ukrainian position met the eye of police due to the national flag of Ukraine over his house. Also Balukh believes he was under administrative arrest to render impossible to verify battery-induced injuries by police officers during his detention. While in confinement, he repeatedly demanded to grant him medical treatment and received a waiver.

The Crimean human rights group experts note that “the case of Balukh” shows a prejudicial treatment of people with the pro-Ukrainian position in Crimea. Balukh was deforced of his right to liberty and personal inviolability, the right to a fair trial and lawful correction, the right to respect for private and family life, freedom of expression, and the right to an effective legal remedy.

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