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Trial of journalist Iryna Danolivych begins in Crimea

23.08.2022, 12:11
Photo: Crimean Process
Photo: Crimean Process

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, reports human rights initiative Crimean Process.

According to the Crimean Process correspondent, a preliminary meeting was held today behind closed doors. During the meeting, the issue of a measure of restraint for Danilovych for the duration of the judicial investigation was considered.

The public prosecutor advocated for maintaining the current measure of restraint in the form of detention, and the defense advocated for changing it to a milder one. Judge Natalia Kulinska granted the prosecutor's request regarding the need to keep Iryna Danilovych in custody until February 2, 2023.

The court also refused to grant the defense's requests to exclude several pieces of evidence as inadmissible and return the case to the prosecutor to address the violations identified by the defense.

The first court hearing will take place on August 29.

As IMI reported, 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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