SIMFEROPOL / AQMESCIT (QHA) -

Another court hearing on the case against the Crimean journalist Mykola Semena ended in the Railway District Court in the occupied Simferopol, the Human Rights Information Center informs.

Reportedly, specialists who translated the journalist's correspondence for the criminal case did not attend the hearing. In this regard, the court granted the defense's request for a change in the procedure for examining evidence.

“Lawyer Andrei Sabinin read out the conclusion of the examination by the Russian professor Michail Savva, which noted that under international law the Crimea remains the territory of Ukraine, and Semena’s statements in the publication are an opinion expressed and cannot be regarded as calls for the territorial integrity violation of the Russian Federation, as Crimea is not a part of the Russian Federation”.

The next meeting will be held on June 21 at 11:00 according to the information available.

Referance: In spring, 2016 occupation authorities of Crimea conducted massive searches at houses of journalists who were suspected in cooperation with information agency Krym.Realii. The author of the Radio Svoboda Mykola Semena was prosecuted over calls for violation of RF territorial integrity. Russian investigation prohibited him to leave the territory of the peninsula.

January 20, 2017, employees of the invaders-controlled law enforcement agencies in Simferopol handed him a bill of indictment on fabricated “case on separatism”.

Earlier, on May 10 two witnesses of the prosecution side spoke at the session on the case against journalist Semena. One of them pointed out the falsification of documents.

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