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Russian prosecutors ask for 7 years of imprisonment for Iryna Danilovych

27.12.2022, 18:14
Photo: Crimean Process
Photo: Crimean Process

In the Russian-controlled Feodosia City Сourt, Russian state prosecutors requested seven years of imprisonment and a fine of 60,000 rubles for Crimean citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych. Krym.Realii reports this, citing the human rights organization "Crimean Process".

During the debate, the representative of the Russian State Prosecutor's Office, Yulia Matveyeva, said that Danilovych's guilt has been fully proven during the judicial investigation.

In turn, the journalist's defense pointed to numerous contradictions in the witnesses' testimonies, the inadmissibility of some pieces of evidence in the case file, the lack of any substantial evidence, as well as perjury by one of the "identifying witnesses", who turned out to be an officer of the Crimean police.

During the hearing on December 27, Iryna Danilovych felt ill, and an ambulance had to be called to the court room.

The verdict in Iryna Danilovych's case is preliminarily set to be announced on December 28.

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.

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.

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.

On November 15, human rights and media organizations issued a statement about the politically motivated trial against citizen journalist Iryna Danilovych, which is ongoing in occupied Crimea.

On November 22, Iryna Danolovych's letter where she spoke about the icreasing pressure from the detention center's administration became public.

On November 30, during a hearing at the Russian-controlled Feodosia city court, Danilovych said that FSB officers had beaten and strangled her.

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