Representatives of law enforcement broke the law, while handing indictment to Semena
Journalist Mykola Semena was handed the indictment of the case on separatism in Russian occupied Crimea, on Jan.20. Investigators discovered "appeals to violate the territorial integrity of Russia in the article written by Crimean journalist "The blockade - an important first step towards liberation of Crimea", - Radio Liberty reports.
Semenas Lawyer Emil' Kurbedinov said that the indictment was served in violation of the Criminal Procedure Code, the prosecutor's office representative has to have been handed the document to Semena, instead FSB investigator Oleksandr Parshutin served it in administrative building.
Investigators argue that specific parts from indictment, they are quoting, contain separatist statements and, it also describe in details how Mykola Semena sent article by E-mail. Journalist himself denies his guilt. According to investigators, Semena broke the law "on the grounds of political hatred in relation to the Russian Federation."
As evidence, the indictment contains Semena's testimonies and the text of Semena's email to the editor, which he deleted immediately after mailing.
The document provides evidence of prosecution witnesses, including FSB officers who gave accurate information to the case. Besides, they told about "operational support of the case" - searches, information from seized from the journalist equipment, including his personal correspondence.
According to the indictment, linguistic and authorship examinations attached to the case, due to the FSB initiative. In addition, politological expertise done by Russian expert Mykhailo Savva appended to the records. Savva is indicating that "the territory of the Republic of Crimea is a part of Ukraine and laws of the Russian Federation does not apply to its territory." Mikhail Savva specified in the document as witness of protection. Besides him, the defense is planning to question the editor of Radio Liberty project Krym.Realiyi (Crimea.Reality) Volodymyr Prytula and an expert.