According to Radio Liberty, Samokhin pointed out "a court's interest in the outcome of the case."
"July 30, Gennadiy Afanasiev (a defendant in the case - ed.) was in court. An FSB officer approached and urged him to refuse to testify in court... the officer also said there was an agreement with the composition of court," Samokhin said.
After a break, the judge announced his decision to reject challenge to competence because "the court finds no evidence of collusion and links to publications on the Internet are not recognized as evidence."
As reported before, film director Oleh Sentsov and activist Oleksandr Kolchenko are accused of terrorism. According to Russia's investigation, in spring 2014 Sentsov allegedly organized in Crimea a clandestine group linked to Right Sector (Ukrainian military-political movement - ed.). Kolchenko is charged with being a member of this "terrorist organization". Kolchenko faces at least 10 years, Sentsov faces 20. They both have been denying guilt since the day of their arrest.
Earlier, a witness Gennadiy Afanasiev, after making a deal with investigation, was sentenced to seven years.