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 Lawyer appeals Ukrainian journalist Sushchenko’s arrest

The defense of Ukrainian journalist Roman Sushchenko accused of espionage in Russia appealed against extension of his pre-trial custody until late January. The counsel also intends to challenge his arrest at the European Court of Human Rights.

As reported by Censor.NET, Sushchenko's lawyer Mark Feygin told Interfax Tuesday.

"I have lodged a complaint against the ruling of the Lefortovo court to extend my client's pretrial custody and requested to impose a milder preventive measure on him - house arrest," Feygin said.

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According to him, Court of the First Instance unreasonably ignored the documents submitted by the Embassy of Ukraine while hearing on the investigator's motion to extend pre-trial custody of Sushchenko. According to the submitted papers, a person of interest may stay under house arrest in the Embassy receptions house in Moscow.

"All the necessary documents were attached to the case file but the court did not even consider them," the lawyer said.

Feygin added that he intended to challenge criminal prosecution and arrest of Sushchenko at the European Court of Human Rights.

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"First I need to resolve some procedural issues related to the fact that the contested decision on my client's arrest, the appellate court judgment, as well as all the materials of the case are classified, which apparently prevents them to be introduced into the complaint filed to the ECHR," the counsel said.

Nov. 28, Lefortovo court of Moscow ruled to extend the pre-trial custody of Roman Sushchenko for another two months until Jan. 30, 2017.
 
 
 
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