Filmmaker Sentsov sentenced to 20 years in jail

The North Caucasus District Military Court in Rostov-on-Don has sentenced Oleg Sentsov and Alexander Kolchenko to 20 and 10 years in a maximum security penitentiary facility, - report Russian medias present at the hearing.

25 August 2015 17:29
Rostov-on-Don (QHA) -

Sentsov has been found guilty of staging terrorist acts in Crimea following the peninsula’s annexation by Russia - a charge that he denies.

Court hearings in the case started in Rostov-on-Don in late July. Back then, Gennadiy Afanasyev, one of the key witnesses, withdrew his earlier testimony against Sentsov claiming it was forced out of him.

During a court hearing held in Rostov-on-Don on August 6, 2015, Sentsov also claimed to have been tortured by being punched, kicked, clubbed and strangulated. The filmmaker referred to the court trial as an ‘occupant trial’ which ‘cannot be fair by definition’.