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Journalists blocked court room as protest against holding Furmaniuk in detainment facility under arrest – IMTU

18.11.2015, 01:38

On November 16, journalists and civil activists refused to leave the court session room where the case of journalist and activist Artem Furmaniuk was scheduled. The Independent Media Trade Union’s website reports about this. The protest was in support of Furmaniuk’s request to change his arrest in prison (pre-trial detainment facility) to a more lenient restriction. The case was not considered by the court as the materials of the case did not arrive from Pecherskyi district court on time. The head of the Independent Media Trade Union Yuriy Lukanov emphasized that holding the person, who fully cooperates with the investigators in prison, can be just a revenge for his criticism focused on those who brought the war to Donbas, not a necessity. Also, the judges seem to be intentionally prolonging the consideration of the case, as journalist and activist Tetiana Zarovna commented.

Artem Furmaniuk was arrested on August 31 in Kyiv, after the protest against "special status" of Donbas near the Parliament. He is accused of violence or threat of violence against a police officer. On that day, a combat grenade was thrown into police, as a result, three officers died and dozens were injured.

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