17:40 14.08.2013

Libya's Supreme Military Court cancels verdict on convicted Ukrainians, sends case to regular court, says Foreign Ministry

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The Supreme Military Court of Libya during a hearing on August 14, has set aside the verdict on 19 Ukrainians convicted to 10 years of imprisonment and ruled to send the case to a regular court.

"The abovementioned court has cancelled the previous verdict issued in June 2012 by the Military Court in Tripoli, and sent this case for further consideration to a regular court," the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Ukraine told Interfax-Ukraine on Wednesday.

The ministry noted that the court's ruling complied with the defense line of the Ukrainian side and opened chances for upholding rights and legal interests of the Ukrainians detained in Libya.

"The conditions in which our compatriots are held are satisfactory, employees of Ukraine's Embassy in Libya regularly visit the Ukrainian nationals at the places of their detention," the ministry said, adding that the Ukrainian detainees are provided with food, medicines, basic necessities, and necessary medical aid.

On August 27, 2011, the Libyan rebel Kakaa battalion detained Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian citizens (25 people all in all). The people were charged with having repaired military equipment used by the Gaddafi regime "to destroy the people of Libya."

On June 4, 2012, the Tripoli Military Court sentenced 19 Ukrainians to ten years of imprisonment. One Russian was sentenced to life imprisonment, and one more Russian national and three Belarus citizens were sentenced to ten years in prison.

Ukraine filed an appeal against the verdicts in the cases of the Ukrainian citizens.