11:16 08.08.2014

Ukrainian film director Sentsov to remain in custody - Moscow City Court

The Moscow City Court has upheld a lower court's decision to prolong the custodial term of Ukrainian film director Oleh Sentsov, who was detained in Crimea on suspicion of plotting terrorist attacks, until October 11, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

"The ruling issued by the Kyivsky Court of Simferopol to remand Sentsov into custody was illegal. It was handed down by an illegitimate judge in the presence of an illegitimate prosecutor and lawyer. The Lefortovsky District Court of Moscow, for its part, illegally prolonged this custodial term," Sentsov's defense lawyer said at a Moscow City Court session on Friday.

It was reported that on May 11 the Russian law enforcement authorities detained Sentsov in Crimea. His transfer to a Moscow detention facility was reported on May 19.

The Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) said on May 30 that members of the Right Sector sabotage and terrorist cell - Sentsov, Gennady Afanasyev, Alexei Chirnigo, Alexander Kolchenko - were detained in Crimea on suspicion of plotting terrorist and sabotage attacks in a number of Crimean towns.

According to the information of the FSB, the detained individuals planned, "as part of a terrorist community, to carry out explosions with home-made devices on May 9, 2014 near the Eternal Flame memorial and Lenin monument in Simferopol and to set on fire to the offices of the Russian Community of Crimea public organization and the United Russia party branch in Simferopol on April 14 and April 18, 2014."

The Lefortovsky District Court in Moscow ordered Sentsov into custody until October 11.

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