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Ambulance for arrested Crimean journalist Danilovych had to be called to the courtroom

27.12.2022, 15:29

The health of citizen journalist and nurse Iryna Danilovych, who was arrested in Crimea, has deteriorated significantly.

For this reason, the trial in the criminal case against her has been postponed indefinitely, the human rights organization "Crimean Process" reports.

According to the organization's website, before the hearing, Danilovych managed to report that she had developed otitis over the past month and was not provided any medical assistance in the pre-trial detention center.

"Go slit your arms and don't bother us," is how the journalist described the response she heard at the detention center's infirmary.

During the "trial", she complained of a constant headache, and then said that she did not understand where she was and what was happening.

"Danilovych showed signs of movement coordination loss. Finally, the convoy called an ambulance, the defendant was taken from the courtroom to the convoy's office, and the hearing was postponed indefinitely," human rights defenders stress.

As IMI reported, on August 29, in the russian-controlled Feodosia city court, a trial on merits of the case of citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych, who is accused of illegally storing explosives in a glasses case, has begun. The FSB accuses her of making an explosive device from an explosive substance and striking elements (medical needles) and keeping it on her person.

Iryna Danilovych was detained on April 29 in the occupied Crimea. She was detained on her way from work on the road from Koktebel to Feodosia. Her house in Vladislavivka village was searched, her phone and laptop were seized.

In late July, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

Iryna Danilovych worked as a nurse, and was also a citizen journalist, covering the problems of the health care system in Crimea and sharing information about the war in Ukraine. Before the war, Danilovych cooperated with several media and human rights initiatives (InZhyr-Media, Crimean Trial) and ran her own project, Crimean Medicine Unwrapped, where she wrote about the rights of healthcare professionals.

On November 15, human rights and media organizations issued a statement about the politically motivated trial against citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, which is ongoing in occupied Crimea.

On November 22, Iryna Danolovych's letter where she spoke about the icreasing pressure from the detention center's administration became public.

On November 30, during a hearing at the Russian-controlled Feodosia city court, Danilovych said that FSB officers had beaten and strangled her.

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