Court in Crimea extended custody for Yesypenko until July 11
The Kyiv District Court of Simferopol, which is controlled by Russia, extended the arrest of Vladyslav Yesypenko, a freelancer of Radio Liberty (Krym.Realii RFE/RL’s project), for two months, until July 11. This decision was signed on April 30, as Krym.Realii reported.
According to the journalist's lawyer Oleksiy Ladin, the court granted the investigator's request.
“Investigator Vlasov filed a motion in court to extend the measure of restraint in the form of detention in a pre-trial detention center. The investigator almost literally copied the previous petition, the wording is the same: Yesypenko has Ukrainian passport, so he can flee from the investigation and influence witnesses. The judge granted the investigator's request and extended custody until July 11, ” as the lawyer Oleksiy Ladin said.
Yesypenko asked to apply international law to himself, in particular the Fourth Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in Time of War.
Also in the courtroom, Vladyslav Yesypenko thanked the mass media and correspondents covering his case.
As IMI reported, on April 13, Vladislav Yesipenko's lawyer Oleksiy Ladin said that his client was threatened with murder by a FSB officer if he withheld his previous testimony he made under torture.
On April 12, Ladin reported that in the first days after his detention, the FSB had illegally taken saliva from Esipenko for a biological examination.
On April 9, As IMI reported, on April 12, Russian FSB officers in Crimea threatened the execution to Vladyslav Yesypenko, an arrested contributor to Radio Liberty (Crimea.Reality RFE/RL project), after he accused the FSB of torturing him before the Crimean court..
As IMI reported, on April 6, Vladyslav Yesipenko said that FSB investigators had tortured him. He said this on April 6 during a session of the Supreme Court of Crimea.
On March 10, on March 10, n March 10, Russian FSB officers detained Vladislav Yesipenko, a freelancer of Radio Svoboda (Crimea.Realities project), in the occupied Crimea. Yesipenko took part in the action dedicated to Taras Shevchenko's anniversary, which took place in Simferopol on March 9. The arrest term is until May 11.
Yesipenko is accused of gathering information "in the interests of Ukraine's special services," including for the Foreign Intelligence Service, the Russian FSB's Public Relations Center reported on March 16. According to the FSB, Yesipenko "carried out photo and video recording of the area, livelihoods and places of mass stay of people in the Crimea."
Human rights activists said Yesipenko was denied access to an independent lawyer and called for his release .
On March 12, it became known that Yesipenko was being held in a temporary detention facility in Simferopol.
On March 19, it became known that Vladyslav Yesipenko was accused of espionage in favor of the secret services of Ukraine. Human rights activists do not exclude that the FSB would use physical pressure on him.
The same day, his wife claimed she feared for his lige and health. "I want to say once again that I fear for the life and health of my husband, especially after yesterday's video. This video is another proof of beatings, torture and abuse of a person. This is confirmed by the non-admission of two independent lawyers to her husband,” as Kateryna said.
According to her, there were traces of beatings on his face and neck. In addition, despite the fact that she sent him a parcel with clothes, he was given someone else's clothes, under which they tried to hide something.
"The shape of the body was visually disproportionate, that is, I assume that he had something disguised under his clothes: either a device or a corset," the woman suggested.