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Occupiers accuse journalist Danilovych of making an explosive devise out of medical needles

29.08.2022, 16:56

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, Crimean Process reports.

The court established the order for presenting evidence and after that, the russian prosecutor read aloud the conclusion based on the results of the preliminary investigation. According to this document, russian FSB officers established that Iryna Danilovych had made an explosive device from an explosive substance and striking elements (medical needles) and had been keeping it on her person.

After the indictment was announced, the defendant pleaded not guilty.

As IMI reported, on August 22, the trial in the case of citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, accused of illegal possession of explosives, began in the russia-controlled Feodosia city court.

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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