The FSB announced that the detained Ukrainian “saboteur” has no need of lawyer


The lawyer of the Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov, who is represented as a Ukrainian “saboteur” by the Russian security forces, received from the FSB investigator Panov’s waiver of counsel.

The Crimean human rights group reports, that the lawyer was hired by Panov’s family.

The investigator of Panov’s case brought the lawyer a document stating the detainee’s waiver of counsel. In the same time the “waiver” was filed in the name of the investigator and contained neither Panov’s signature, nor a single his handwritten word. This is contrary to the norms of the Russian legislation that currently applies in Crimea. Under Russian law, a waiver of counsel is initiated and stated in writing by a suspect only.

The lawyer is not agree with such “waiver” and intends to appeal.

According to the experts of the Crimean human rights group, in such a way the investigators try to exclude the lawyer hired by Panov’s family from the case. This is a violation of the detainee’s right to a fair trial.

In addition, this may indicate an intention to hide the illegal methods of influence on Panov during interrogations.

As a reminder, on August 10 the FSB stated about prevention of terrorist acts in Crimea, allegedly prepared by the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine.

Also the FSB announced about supposedly “elimination of an intelligence network of the Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine” and one of the intelligence officers — Yevhen Panov’s detention on the territory of Crimea.

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