Crimean Aleksey Cherniy, who was accused of preparing and committing terror acts in Simferopol in April and May 2014, may be forced to give testimony in the new case of "Ukrainian saboteurs." This was stated by Ilya Novikov, a lawyer of Cherniy, during a rally in support of political prisoners Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kol'chenko, according to a QHA correspondent.
“At the moment he is in one of the detention centers of "Lefortovo" in Moscow, where he was brought from Magadan serving a sentence for almost a year. This time he was forced to give evidence again against the members of the so-called Sentsov group, who has not been arrested yet,” he said.
Novikov has reason to believe that Cherniy can be used in the new case of "Ukrainian saboteurs."
“We will keep an eye on the fate of Aleksey Cherniy. In the near future he will be taken back to some colony, we do not know where. But this man needs our help,” summed up the lawyer.
As QHA reported earlier, in early June, the Ukrainian political prisoner of the "Crimean Four" Aleksey Chernyi was taken from Magadan to Moscow for psychiatric examination, which is held for the third time. According to human rights activists the reason for this can be tortures he most likely suffered during the preliminary investigation.
Just a reminder: Aleksey Chernyi was detained together with Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov, Alexander Kol'chenko and Gennady Afanasiev by FSB officers in Russian-annexed Crimea in May 2014. In his final statement the defendant claimed he recognizes his fault but objects against the qualification of his actions as terrorist ones. As a result, the court sentenced Aleksey Chernyi to seven years' imprisonment in a strict regime colony.