PGO initiates probe into MP Muraiev's statements about Sentsov identified as high treason

The Prosecutor General's Office of Ukraine (PGO) launched investigation into statements made by Ukrainian MP Yevhen Muraiev regarding filmmaker Oleh Sentsov, who has been on a hunger strike in a Russian prison for the third consecutive week.

"On June 8, 2018, the PGO entered into State Register of Pretrial Investigations information on crimes committed by Ukrainian lawmaker Yevhen Muraiev punishable by part 1 of article 111 (high treason) and part 2 of article 383 (making a false report about a knowingly non-existent crime) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine," spokesperson for PGO Andrii Lysenko wrote on social media, Censor.NET reports.

The criminal case was initiated after MP Serhii Pashynskyi expressed his outrage by Muraiev’s statements as he was speaking from the rostrum of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine on June 8.

As reported, while speaking on air of 112 Ukraine TV channel on June 7, 2013, Muraiev questioned legitimacy of the actions of Ukrainian authorities aimed at putting an end to the Russian aggression by issuing his legal opinion on sentence delivered by the aggressor state’s court to Sentsov on terrorism charges, namely, for alleged plotting of arson and bomb attacks. By doing so, Muraiev disputed appropriateness of Sentsov’s possible swap for persons convicted by the Ukrainian courts for terrorism and separatism.

The pre-trial investigation into the aforementioned offenses will be carried out by the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) with the Prosecutor General's Office exercising procedural control over it.

As reported, Sentsov is serving a sentence in the maximum security labor camp in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous District. This prison's inmates are serving sentences for commission of grave and especially grave crimes.

Sentsov was detained by the Russian FSB Security Service in Russian-occupied Crimea in 2014 together with activist Oleksandr Kolchenko. They were brought to Russia and tried in a trumped-up case on charges of organizing acts of terror and arson on the peninsula. On Aug. 25, 2015, Sentsov and Kolchenko were sentenced to 20 years' and 10 years' in prison, respectively. On Oct. 21, 2016, Russia refused to extradite the two Ukrainians to Ukraine, claiming they had automatically acquired Russian citizenship after the annexation of Crimea.

Sentsov’s sister Natalia Kaplan said March 16, 2018 that her brother reported on his failing health in a letter. He in particular said that he is losing his hair and has his teeth crumbling into small pieces.

On May 14, 2018, the fillmmaker said he went on an indefinite hunger strike demanding to release all Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3070517