Feygin: defense counts on international pressure
Negotiations to exchange or release illegally arrested Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko are underway, said Mark Feygin, the lawyer of Suschenko, 112 Ukraine TV channel reports.
"Negotiations on Sushchenko's exchange or release, no matter how we call it, are still underway. I believe that this problem will be resolved in a political way in the long run. The lawyers will defend him taking into account precisely this scenario otherwise we have very little chances. For the rest we are counting on the international pressure," he said.
As IMI reported earlier, The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow has extended pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko until April 30, 2017.
Ukrinform stated that their correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow and accused of “espionage” on Sept.30.
Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) confirmed detaining of an Ukrinform correspondent, Roman Sushchenko. FSB labeling him as a Ukrainian intelligence officer who allegedly deliberately collected classified information on activities of the armed forces and the national guard of the Russian Federation. There is a criminal case on espionage charges (Article 276 of the Russian Criminal Code), the investigation is currently underway.
The Lefortove court resolved to prolong the arrest of Sushchenko for two more months on Oct.1.
Defence appealed the decision of the Lefortovo court to arrest Sushchenko in France.
The Moscow City Court has dismissed the appeal of defense team of an Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko on Oct.27.
The Moscow Lefortovo Court resolved on Nov. 28 to extend the arrest of Sushchenko until the 30th of January 2017.
On Dec.15, 2016, the Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow has extended pre-trial detention term of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko until April 30, 2017.