Lawyer of Ukrainian sailor detained in Crimea accused of promoting extremism

Lawyer of Ukrainian sailor detained in Crimea accused of promoting extremism
Emil Kurbedinov

The reason was a post on the social network, for which the lawyer has already served 10 days of administrative arrest.

In the Crimea, lawyer Emil Kurbedinov was detained and brought to the Kievsky District Court of Simferopol. He was accused of promoting extremism for the second time because of the same post, but on another social network, journalist Anton Naumlyuk reported. Kurbedinov defends one of the Ukrainian sailors detained in November on charges of illegally crossing the Russian border in the Kerch Strait.

Employees of Center “E” detained Kurbedinov because of a long-standing Facebook post, which allegedly has a photo with the flags of the Hizb ut-Tahrir, an extremist organization banned in Russia. For the same post on VKontakte, the lawyer has already served 10 days of administrative arrest. During the first trial, the defense tried to add the Facebook post to the case materials, but the judge considered it a separate episode.

At the hearing on December 6, Kurbedinov’s defense challenged judge Anton Tsykurenko after he refused to call the prosecutor to the hearing and rejected the petition to hear the case at the place of registration of the defendant. The judge refused his own challenge, as well as interrogation of witnesses and giving lawyers time to familiarize themselves with the materials of the prosecution.

A support group for Kurbedinov gathered with posters at the court’s building. Activist of the Crimean Solidarity Nuri Abdurashidov was going to record the trial, but he was taken away by the bailiffs. Against the activist, a protocol on insubordination to the legal requirements of the bailiff was drawn up, after which he was released being obliged to appear before court on the summons. People who were waiting for the end of the process in the hallway were kicked outside.

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