Moscow court rejects appeal against arrest of journalist Sushchenko

Дата: 27 October 2016
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The Moscow City Court has rejected appeal against arrest of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko.

This was reported by Sushchenko’s lawyer Mark Feygin and UNIAN own correspondent in Moscow Roman Tsymbaliuk on Twitter.

The Moscow City Court rejected appeal against the arrest of Ukrinform correspondent Roman Sushchenko,” Tsymbaliuk wrote.

The appeal against arrest was rejected. Sushchenko left in custody,” Feygin posted on Twitter.

As Feygin informed earlier, the court hearing was held behind closed doors as the Russia’s Federal Security service sees a state secret in the case.

As reported, Ukrinform Ukrainian national news agency correspondent in France Roman Sushchenko was arrested in Moscow on September 30, where he was on a private visit. He was accused of espionage, allegedly being a member of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. The Ukrainian Main Intelligence Directorate denied allegations of Russian Federal Security Service.

The court ruled at its closed hearing on October 1 to arrest the journalist for two months – until November 30. Sushchenko was denied a basic right – to see a lawyer and Ukrainian consul, which is contrary to international standards and bilateral agreements between Ukraine and Russia.

October 7, the Russian Federation officially charged the Ukrainian journalist with spying. Sushchenko denies any guilt.

Ukrainian non-governmental organizations believe that the arrest of Ukrinform journalist Roman Sushchenko in Moscow should be regarded as an attack on freedom of expression and call on the Ukrainian government and the international community to protect the Ukrainian political prisoners in Russia and the occupied Crimea.

The lawyers of Sushchenko call on Russian and international human rights organizations to recognize the journalist as a political prisoner.

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