22 April 2019, 14:55

Lawyers of captured Ukrainian sailors appealed against their arrest. Appeal to be considered in May


The defense of 24 Ukrainian sailors filed appeals against the decisions of the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow to extend the terms of detention for prisoners of war, according to the coordinator of the Ukrainians’ lawyers Nikolai Polozov.

Polozov noted that, all complaints are filed within the time limit specified by the law.

In the appeal, the defense indicated that the seamen captured by the Russian authorities were prisoners of war and were under the protection of the Third Geneva Convention and should not be kept in the detention center, since this violates the convention.

In the complaints lawyers noted that the Russian court did not properly assess the protection provided by the PACE resolution, according to which the rules of international humanitarian law, including the Geneva Conventions, which should apply to seamen, as well as the report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, according to which the seamen are endowed with the status of prisoners of war until the competent tribunal decides otherwise.

The defense also appealed the refusal of the Lefortovo court to transfer the case to the military court, as required by the Third Geneva Convention.

The consideration of the appeal is expected in May at the Moscow City Court.

On April 17, the Lefortovo District Court of Moscow extended the detention period for all 24th Ukrainian prisoners of war until July 24 and July 26. Nikolai Polozov said that Russian investigators and judges perfectly understand that nothing depends on them in this case, and that the issue of the release of prisoners of war lies exclusively in the political sphere.