SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

The so-called Supreme Court of the Russian-occupied Crimea on April 4 extended the arrest to Yevhen Panov who is convicted under the "case of Ukrainian saboteurs" for another 6 months. The corresponding decision was made today, April 4.

The so-called judge, Andrei Paliy, decided to hold a hearing in closed session.

The first meeting on the merits is scheduled for April 16.

Reference: August 10, 2016, the FSB spread information about the prevention of terrorist acts in the Crimea, allegedly prepared by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. In particular, the Russian special services announced to have eliminated a group of saboteurs in the vicinity of the city of Armyansk, during the detention of which an employee of the FSB of Russia was killed.

On August 11, a video recording of an interrogation of Ukrainian citizen Yevhen Panov appeared on the Internet, in which the FSB accuses him of preparing terrorist attacks in the annexed Crimea. In the video Panov admits the preparation of the sabotage and says that this operation was planned by the Main Intelligence Directorate of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine. Later Panov said that he was subjected to torture.

Reportedly, relatives of the Kremlin's prisoners have been trying to enter into a dialogue with the president and the authorities for more than a year.

QHA