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Crimean "court" begins examining the "evidence" in journalist Iryna Danilovych's case

25.10.2022, 14:01

On October 24, the Russian-controlled Feodosia City Court began examining the "evidence" in the criminal case against citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, whom the FSB accuses of illegally storing explosives, Crimean Process reports.

The "court" proceeded to examine the written "evidence" provided by the prosecution, since no witnesses appeared at the hearing.

The "prosecutor" emphasized the "evidence" that characterizes Iryna. Namely, text messages condemning Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Danilovych's comments to Krym.Realii, extracts from her personal bank account regarding her work with the Alliance of Doctors, as well as characterizations of her provided by the organizations she has worked with were read aloud.

The meeting was presided over by Judge Natalia Kulinskaya. Prosecutor Dmitry Aleksandrovich Lyashchenko represented the state prosecution.

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.

On July 5, the russia-controlled Kyiv District Court of Simferopol extended the measure of restraint in the form of detention for citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, accused of alleged illegal storage of explosives, until September 6. russia-controlled Supreme Court of Crimea declined to grant the appeal filed by Danilovych's defenders regarding the previous court's decision to extend her arrest until September 6.

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.

Several public human rights organizations have demanded the release of citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, who had been abducted in Crimea.

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.

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