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"The Iryna Danylovych case:" occupiers do not allow reporters or the father to attend the trial

03.05.2023, 17:07

The Russia-backed Supreme Court of Crimea did not allow reporters or the father of citizen journalist and activist Iryna Danylovych to attend the hearing in the case against her, despite the trial being open.

The journalist's father, Bronyslav Danylovych, told this to the RFE/RL project "Krym.Realii" in his comment.

Iryna herself was brought to the courtroom by the occupiers despite the state of her health.

"There was no hearing. Didn't see anything even close to it. I'll be honest, we only came so that I could visit the toilet at the Supreme Court, sit near courtroom No. 6 for a bit, and go back outside. There was no hearing. The case was sent to the Feodosia court, because Iryna had not fully read the contents of the case, which is the fault of Judge Kulinskaya," Bronyslav Danylovych told journalists in his comment.

"The court only acknowledged that the journalist could not have fully read the minutes of the court sessions due to her poor health. In view of this, the panel decided to refer the case to back to the first instance "court" to complete the process of acquainting the convict with the contents of the case," says the message by the Crimean Process.

As IMI reported, 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 2022, Danilovych said that officers of the Federal Security Service of the russian federation (FSB) beat her and continue to pressure her.

On December 28, 2022, the occupation court of Feodosia, Crimea ("judge" Natalia Kulinskaya), sentenced citizen journalist and human rights activist Iryna Danilovych to seven years in prison on the charges of illegal storage and manufacture of explosives under Part 1 of Art. 222.1 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.

On March 21, Iryna Danilovych wrote a letter announcing she was going on a dry hunger strike until "the treatment begins or until biological death." In the letter, she reported on the deterioration of her health: hearing issues and a possible microstroke.

On March 22, 2023, multiple human rights organizations called for the immediate hospitalization of Iryna Danilovych.

Iryna was not taken for the promised medical examination for a long time following her hunger strike, because "judge" Natalia Kulinskaya deliberately set the date for reviewing the case material on the day when the prison administration were planning to take Danilovych to the hospital.

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.

The Prosecutor's Office of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea has opened a case regarding the illegal searches and detention of Iryna Danilovych.

On April 23, 2023, Iryna's father Bronislav Danylovych said that his daughter was not receiving the treatment she had been promised.

On May 2, 2023, the Russia-backed Supreme Court of the occupied Crimea referred the case against citizen journalist Iryna Danylovych backed to the occupiers' Feodosia City Court because the defendant had not completed the review of the case.

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